Nathalie Chalifour is co-director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa.

Earth V. Emissions

The rising tide of climate litigation

What do Kelsey Juliana from Eugene, Oregon, and Ridhima Pandey from the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand have in common? They are among a growing group of youth suing their governments for putting their futures at risk by failing to take serious action on climate change.

Citizens around the world have long been searching for ways to force their governments to take climate change seriously. The number of climate-based lawsuits in the U.S. alone is staggering. While few of these lawsuits have been successful, a number of recent legal successes abroad suggest the tide of climate litigation may be about to turn.

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