Ecojustice Blog – Climate change Posted on October 5, 2010 (updated: February 17, 2015)

Climate battles to the courts

Devon PageLawyer

The Globe and Mail recently wrote that “it may only be a matter of time before the battle over global warming moves into a courtroom.” In fact, Ecojustice has already taken it there, and we’re now waiting to hear if our case, Canada’s first global warming lawsuit, will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our landmark legal challenge argues that the Harper government is breaking Canadian law by failing to comply with the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA). Despite being passed in 2007, the government has ignored the Act and failed to enact the legally binding climate change regulations it calls for. Meanwhile, the Conservative’s plan to address climate change doesn’t come close to reaching the greenhouse gas targets that we have committed to achieving. Given Harper’s repeated reference to our climate change obligations as unrealistic and unachievable, it’s not surprising that we have weak reduction targets and industry-friendly standards in the place of leadership, action or regulation.

The Harper government’s lack of regard for this law, combined with reports of their obstructionist tactics at last month’s Copenhagen talks, leaves Canada wide open to harsh criticism from governments, groups and citizens taking action on the climate crisis – we will see what our top court has to say about this disregard in the coming months.

We’ll keep the climate cases, solutions and results coming in the new year – looks like we have our work cut out for us.

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