Litigating the Climate Emergency

People around the world, from indigenous activists to students, continue to demand that governments and industries address the causes and consequences of global heating. One emerging strategy seeks to connect the scientific and legal arguments of climate change activism with the tangible harms facing communities. This Up Close series delves into key cases that highlight the considerable usefulness and potential—but also the limitations and the blind spots—of this approach, offering examples of how human rights might best be leveraged in responding to the climate emergency.