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Can we sue our way out of the climate crisis?

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From Greta Thunberg to elderly Australian nuns, increasing numbers of people are taking legal action to demand governments and companies do more to tackle climate change. Now, with the development of attribution science – which allows individual weather events to be attributed to climate change – a new frontier of climate litigation is opening, and the front line features a Peruvian farmer suing a German energy company for flood damages.

In this panel, we’re asking: what does this rise in litigious climate action mean for society as we race to meet climate targets? And, with development of attribution science, how does the future look?

Panel participants include:

- Prof. Joana Setzer: Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, at the London School of Economics and Political Science

- Rupert Stuart-Smith: Research Associate in Climate Science and the Law at the Oxford Sustainable Law Programme

- Sam Hunter-Jones: senior lawyer at ClientEarth, focussing on climate accountability

- Georgia Elliott-Smith: Managing Director of sustainability consultancy Element Four, and a legal activist

- Dr. Sihan Li: Lecturer in Climate Science at the University of Sheffield

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