Suing to Save the Planet: A Funder Breakfast Briefing on Litigation As A Strategy for Change

05/26/2011 - 8:30am

As the scientific case for urgent action on climate change continues to grow, the prospects for major political and diplomatic progress on climate change have dimmed, at least in the near-term. As a result, NGOs and funders alike are seeking new avenues to accelerate climate action outside these political processes. Through a series of thematic presentations supported by case studies, the briefing will introduce funders to the diversity of international legal strategies currently being explored, the unique opportunities and challenges presented by those strategies, and their potential role in effecting policy change and mobilizing people. It will also invite dialogue on how international litigation might support and complement existing funder portfolios for addressing climate change.

Thursday, May 26
8:30AM - Noon
475 Riverside Drive, 9th floor
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
New York, NY

RSVP to by May 12, 2011


8:30 AM Arrival and Light Breakfast

9:00 AM Presentations and discussion

• The uses of International climate litigation. Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law
• Rights, treaties, vulnerable States and peoples. Erika Rosenthal, Earthjustice
• Bringing foreign claims to the US. Marco Simons, Earth Rights International
• How Pacific islands are challenging European coal projects. Jasper Teulings, Greenpeace International, and representative from the Federated States of Micronesia (invited)
• Climate litigation and global youth mobilization. Antonio Oposa, Law of Nature Foundation (Philippines)