Can legal institutions be used to advance climate politics?
The science has been clear for decades, climate change must be addressed extremely urgently to avoid unacceptable damages to society and ecosystems. But the political responses are slow and insufficient. Therefore, many organisations and individuals around the world are looking at possibilities of using legal institutions to advance climate action. The number of legal cases has increased rapidly in the past 5 years, and there are now well over 2,000 legal cases around the world.
LUCSUS and the LUMES programme welcomes you to an open seminar where we discuss these matters with the help of prominent guests from Aurora (who is taking the Swedish state to court), Urgenda (who took the government in Netherlands to court – and won), and professor Dana Fisher from American University.
13:00 – 13:15 Introduction (LUCSUS professor Lennart Olsson)
13:15 – 14:15 How Urgenda sued the Dutch Government – and won (Marjan Minnesma, co-founder of Urgenda) Zoom
14:15 – 14:35 Break
14:35 – 15:35 How Aurora is suing the Swedish government (Ida Edling and Douglas Malm Rath, Aurora)
15:35 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 16:45 Advancing climate politics in the US beyond the state (Dana R. Fisher, Director of the Center for Environment, Community, and Equity, American University, DC) Zoom
16:45 – 17:00 Summing up – what do we do now??
The event is organised by Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) within the LUMES course Science and Politics of Climate Change.
All are welcome! No registration is required, but seats are limited and students from the LUMES course Science and Politics of Climate Change have priority.