We have just over ten years left to keep climate change to 1.5 degrees.
Which is what we need to do if we want to avoid handing irreversible losses, massive liabilities, health impacts and other harms to today’s young people and future generations.
Research shows that putting a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution is one of the best things we can do to slow the warming.
So when Canada's new carbon pricing regime came under legal attack, Gen Squeeze stepped up to help defend it.
We formed a new Intergenerational Climate Coalition and hired lawyers to intervene in the reference cases launched by both Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Meet your Intergenerational Climate Coalition
Gen Squeeze is leading a coalition of six groups to court — those five ☝️ plus us ✊ — to help defend a federal price on pollution.
We're being represented by Nathan Hume (supported by Emma Hume) of Ratcliff & Company, who are providing discounted and pro bono services to help us make the case. And a portion of our legal costs are being covered by the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund, hosted by West Coast Environmental Law. A huge thanks to both!
- Science shows that climate change may be the greatest risk to human health in the 21st century and those health risks, as well as related environmental harms and economic costs, will fall primarily on younger Canadians and future generations.
- Evidence is clear that pricing pollution is among the most important policy levers to reduce climate change, and should be considered a health intervention.
- Failure to price pollution discriminates against younger Canadians, because it puts in jeopardy our reasonable aspiration to thrive in 2030 and beyond.
- The constitutional commitment to protect minorities includes children and future generations, especially when confronted with such a serious threat to their health and prosperity.
We're placing special emphasis on that last point.
Think about it. Minors, including children, are not allowed to vote for their preferred representatives or climate policies, yet children and future generations will be the most affected by the policy choices made by politicians today.
They will suffer the worst consequences of climate change while having contributed very little to the overall GHG burden that they will inherit. Not cool.
We appeared before the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in February and we're preparing to appear in the Ontario Court of Appeal in April. We anticipate that no matter what happens, this case will end up before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Support Our Work
Our total estimated legal costs to help fight climate discrimination in court stand at $46,000.
March 26 update: we're $4,500 short of covering our legal costs.
If just 60 people donate $75, we can see this work through.
Please consider making a one-time, tax-deductible donation to help us fight climate discrimination in court.
You can add a note requesting that the donation be used to support our work in the Ontario Court of Appeal and Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.
Banner image: Osgoode Hall, which houses the Ontario Court of Appeal. Photo by Tony Hisgett, Flickr.
Other image: Paul Kershaw of Gen Squeeze (left) with our lawyer Nathan Hume at the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal.