Opinion on climate change damage litigation in newspaper Trouw
February 9, 2018
Today, Laura Burgers published an opinion on litigation on climate change damages against corporations in the Dutch newspaper Trouw. Although litigation is unlikely to solve the problem of climate change, litigation against corporations may further the democratic debate.
A possible action might concern the obligation of corporations to reduce greenhouse gasses emissions, such as promoted by the Principles on Climate Change Obligations for Entreprises. Yet actions for damages could be of importance as well. Litigation by activists stimulates society-wide deliberations, and the issue of damages is to be widely discussed: everybody is to some extent responsible for climate change and its ensuing damages, but which polluter pays for what exactly?