Current Context & Priorities
Fossil fuel companies are increasingly threatened by climate advocacy yet more empowered by their own enormous profit margins. In this toxic environment, they have heightened their attacks against those who challenge the source of their extraordinary power. Oil and gas companies are increasingly weaponizing law and litigation against scientists, NGOs, activists, journalists and protestors alike.
Until those who fight for a safer future have lawyers to fight for them, the struggle for a 1.5 degree world will be lopsided, and the players with the best lawyers will win.
The Global Climate Defense Network (CliDef), which funds and deploys lawyers and legal strategies to support the climate movement, aims to level the playing field. No more will big oil and gas companies be able to intimidate climate defenders into silence by suing them, threatening them with steep civil and criminal penalties, or incentivizing police to arrest them with the expectation that they will be without legal resources.
While everyone who fights for the climate is potentially in the crosshairs of the fossil fuel industry, CliDef is specifically focused on those willing to risk the most. Given the climate youth movements’ higher risk tolerance and greater vulnerability, CliDef is prioritizing legal support to youth activists for the rest of the year.
Providing legal support to those who protect and defend the climate is not a luxury. And, with a cadre of lawyers ready to defend the climate movement and go toe-to-toe with industry attorneys, the financial support going to climate justice work can finally mitigate the risks of challenging the power of the oil and gas industry.