Title

Could Governments and Oil Companies Get Sued for Inaction on Climate Change?

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

5-23-2017

Source Publication

Toronto Star

Description

Experts predict a coming era of "climate litigation," which is slowly emerging around the world and could soon come to Canada.

OTTAWA—Eight hundred million dollars: that’s the potential price tag of the rising ocean in Vancouver. The city needs a new storm surge barrier to stop flooding if, according to municipal planners, sea levels climb by one metre this century due to climate change.

When discussing this scenario last fall, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said something that made Andrew Gage perk up and listen from his law office in Victoria. “There are direct costs to our taxpayers, but this is not an act of God,” Robertson reportedly said. “This is tied directly to human activity.”