Can climate lawsuits force Big Oil to change its ways? | TV Shows

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On Wednesday, March 1 at 19:30 GMT:
Despite promises to divest from oil and gas, fossil fuel companies continue to make record profits, leaving those concerned with the environment wondering if anything will on corrupt corporations to reform their practices.

Some see a path to change in climate litigation – including a new shareholder lawsuit against Shell that says its corporate leaders are not moving fast enough to renewable energy. The case is the first of its kind to target a company’s board of directors in climate litigation.

In recent years, climate litigation has become an increasingly common strategy in pressuring governments and corporations to confront their roles in the global climate crisis. Such lawsuits often argue that lack of action against climate change violates human rights, and other cases have focused on forcing companies to stop greenwashing initiatives, pay​​​​ for climate change and establishing legally binding commitments to cut carbon emissions.

In this episode of An t’Sruth, we will look at how the courts are used to promote climate action.

On this episode of The Stream, we talk to:
Nikki Reisch, @ciel_tweets
Director of the Climate & Energy Programme, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Astrid Puentes, @astridpuentes
Independent consultant on climate change and human rights

Delta Merner, @UCSUSA
Principal Scientist, Science Center for Climate Law

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