Landmark Legal Decision In Canada

Average Rating:

In a landmark decision on Nov. 12, a Canadian court ruled that fundamental rights can be threatened by climate change and citizens can challenge the government’s actions on climate change through legal means.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, equivalent to the U.S. Bill of Rights, asserts rights to life, liberty and security of person. The threat of climate change now has legal standing in protecting those rights.7e1651892a6ad917fa0dd9f5d5353273-huge-so

Seven young Ontarians, including CCL members Alex Neufeldt and Sophia Mathur (shown at right), were involved in the suit. You can read more about the case in this article from The Sudbury Star.

In other news, members from CCL International have joined the G7 Global Taskforce Working Group. James Collis (Chairperson Citizens' Climate Europe), Jess Wilber (intern with Citizens' Climate Lobby International), and Cathy Orlando (International Outreach Manager) are attending the virtual meetings and will sit on various committees. They’ll learn and share with groups across the planet how best to empower the G7 leaders to make connections and formulate plans for tackling the many crises facing humanity.

Posted by Steve Valk on Nov 18, 2020 10:53 AM America/Los_Angeles

Share this

Share:

Recent Posts

May 5, 2021 Thanks in part to the broad bipartisan support CCL helped generate, the Growing Climate Solutions Act (S. 1251) is moving through the Senate at a rapid pace. Introduced on April 20 by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) with 43 cosponsors, the bill was passed by voice vote in the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee just two days later. ... more
Posted by Brett Cease on CCL Community Bulletin May 5, 2021 2:59 PM PDT
Mary Selkirk is a CCL Governing Board member, serving as Chair of the Nominating Committee, and a Legacy Club Donor. Mary has worked on health rights in Central America for 15 years, helping to form an organization to raise money for medical supplies for parts of rural El Salvador during a civil war in the 1980s. She later became an elected official, doing ... more
Posted by Richard Bradley on CCL Community Bulletin May 5, 2021 7:42 AM PDT
Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a  monthly meeting  where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. Go to your  local chapter's page  to find out more about your chapter's plans for listening in.  May's Monthly Meeting will take place on Saturday, May 8th at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT   and feature a conversation ... more
Posted by Brett Cease on CCL Community Bulletin Apr 30, 2021 2:41 PM PDT
April 28, 2021 Diversity is one of Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s core values as we “seek out, support, and elevate people whose voices may not have been fully heard.” It’s been very gratifying, therefore, to see diversity reflected in the members of Congress who are cosponsoring the  Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act , CCL’s preferred climate ... more
Posted by Brett Cease on CCL Community Bulletin Apr 28, 2021 2:51 PM PDT