LEGAL ACTION FOR THE CLIMATE GOAL: TOWARDS EQUITY, SURVIVAL AND THE RULE OF LAW

“PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY HAVE HIS ALTERNATIVE FACTS,
      BUT ALTERNATIVE FACTS DO NOT WORK IN A COURTROOM”

Plan B is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) registered with UK Charity Commissioners (registered no. 1167953).


Mission statement


Plan B has been established to support strategic legal actionagainst climate change. By ensuring those responsible for greenhouse gas emissions bear the costs of loss and damage, we will increase the incentives for investment in clean technologies, harnessing market forces towards a better future for us all.​​


Strategic objectives​​​

That by 2021:

(SO 1) Existing legal principles, which provide accountability and responsibility for climate change loss and damage, have been successfully applied and integrated into the market economy​

(SO 2) Robust, science-based policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, in support of the climate temperature goal, have been implemented nationally and internationally

(SO 3) Victims of climate change have access to effective protections and remedies.



What we do


​We will, inter alia:

  • Raise awareness about the critical role of strategic legal actionin tackling climate change.
  • Develop and make publicly available information and resources to support legal actions.
  • Work in collaboration with other organisations to develop and implement a broad, networked strategy for bridging 'the emissions gap'.
  • Support and commence legal action where appropriate.
  • Develop guidance for governments on developing and implementing legal and regulatory frameworks sufficient to meet their legal responsibilities.


Our approach


Operating as a small, niche organisation, and avoiding unnecessary overheads, we will target our resources on high impact interventions, introducing innovative methodologies that may be adopted by others at scale. Partnership and collaboration will be at the heart of its approach.

Over the period 2016-21 we will aim to build strong relationships with key partners in government, civil society, academia and industry, including by acting as a catalyst for network and strategy development in support of common goals.


What makes us different


There are other not-for-profit organisations of environmental lawyers supporting action to address climate change. Often such organisations have a regional focus and bring cases in response to particular projects or activities. We will aim to work with them and ensure our activities our complementary and mutually supportive.

Plan B is unique in focussing on the development of a net-worked, international legal strategy to meet the long-term climate goal; and in developing and publishing legal tools and resources to support citizens, NGOs and others in bringing their own actions around the globe.



About the web-site


ThePlan B web-site is a publicly available resource designed to help lawyers, NGOS and others evaluate possible legal avenues to containing dangerous climate change and pursuing climate justice. It does not constitute legal advice. Anyone considering pursuing litigation should consult with an attorney licensed to practice law in the relevant jurisdiction. 


Making detailed legal analysis available online has a number of advantages over a traditional text-book:


  • It is freely accessible to all;
  • It can be regularly updated; and
  • Users of the web-site can easily contribute ideas, suggestions and corrections (helping to ensure the overall integrity of materials).






Wilaiporn Hongjantuek
Amornchai
Bangkok
Thailand
November 2011


Tim Crosland (Director), Barrister, brings to Plan B expertise in international human rights, environmental law and litigation, and an inter-disciplinary, partnership-based approach to tackling climate change.


‘In short, Defendants have marketed and sold their lethal product with zeal, with deception, with a single-minded focus on their financial success, and without regard for the human tragedy or social costs that success exacted.’ 

Judge Kessler on finding tobacco company Philip Morris guilty under the US RICO Statute


Lucy Davies, Director of 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, brings to Plan B knowledge of charity management as well as over 20 years’ experience in fundraising and managing projects in the arts and community sector.

Jerome Spaargaren, patent attorney and founder of EIP, brings to Plan B expertise in intellectual property, cross-border litigation, and mechanisms for advancing technology sharing.

Lara Pace, Knowledge Exchange Manager in Oxford University's Oxford Martin School, brings to Plan B ​experience of building multi-stakeholder partnerships in response to global challenges.

About us

Trustees

Dr Henry Jeffrey, academic, political consultant and former Cabinet Minister in Guyana, brings to Plan B experience of the politics of international trade and sustainable development.