This guide has given you an introduction into climate litigation and what options you can have when it comes to using legal action for climate justice.
Having information and support is key if you want to take climate litigation. If after reading this guide you are thinking about taking legal action, the organisations and resources outlined below could help you.
The following are a non-exhaustive list of examples of NGOs that work on climate change issues:
The most important source of support you can often get is from lawyers and organisations who work in your country or local community.
Check to see if any of the following groups could help you:
The international organisations listed above may be able to help you find support locally.
The following key resources were identified in the guide. Refer to these if you are thinking about legal action and they are relevant to your case.
Key Resource: The Action4Justice Climate Litigation Templates
Finally, we recommend that you consult the relevant Action4Justice Climate Litigation Template if you are considering bringing a climate case:
- The Action4Justice Mitigation Claims Template;
- The Action4Justice Template for Procedural Challenges against Carbon-Emitting Projects;
- The Action4Justice Template for Substantive Challenges against Carbon-Emitting Projects; and
- The Action4Justice People v Carbon Majors Template.
The Templates provide a skeleton for people to follow for certain climate litigation cases. The Templates have been designed by legal professionals with expertise in climate litigation.
The Templates aim to encourage effective use of the law to bring climate related litigation in appropriate cases by providing:
- An appropriate format for drafting a document in which to make a claim (“the legal complaint” – paragraphs, font, page numbers, title, headings etc);
- An effective structure in which users can place their legal and factual arguments regarding climate change;
- An outline of the arguments that could be used when bringing climate litigation; and
- References to climate science and cases to help the user build a strong case.
While your complaint needs to be different depending on what country you are taking a legal case, the Template provides useful tips and guidance to get you started if you are thinking about using legal action for climate justice.
Action4Justice have also published the following resources to accompany the Guide:
If you are an organisation or a law firm who works on climate change issues and would like your name/resources to be used on the A4J Climate Change Guide, contact us.