Action through the courts
There are two kinds of legal action to protect the climate:
The number of cases is rapidly increasing. Courts are, or at least are supposed to be, more sympathetic to
logical argument than governments, which have to appeal to a largely uninformed electorate, and are subject
to lobbying from all manner of pressure groups. The behaviour of corporations is almost entirely determined
by short term financial considerations, and in many cases has been grossly dishonest. Fossil fuel producers,
like the tobacco industry, have suppressed information about the harmful effects of their products, and paid for
campaigns of disinformation. Such corporate dishonesty opens the way to legal action.