The rule of law at the heart of climate action

Advocate leaders welcomed news that the government needs to revise its climate strategy to demonstrate how key emissions reduction targets will be met.

The effects of climate change have been felt across the UK as England and Wales swelter in record high temperatures.

This week the High Court ruled that the government’s net zero strategy breaches the Climate Change Act.

“We welcome this court ruling,” said Law Society of England and Wales President I. Stephanie Boyce.

“The rule of law is key to achieving net zero and tackling the climate crisis in the UK and around the world.

“Legislative emission reduction targets were set in the Climate Change Act 2008. It is essential that they are achieved to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and ensure the global legitimacy of the net zero legislative targets and the government’s climate ambition.

“Other countries can look to the UK courts as a key mechanism to keep climate action on track through the rule of law. We look forward to seeing the UK government release a credible and robust net zero strategy that meets its legislative objectives.

Last year, the Law Society launched its climate change resolution, urging lawyers to take the lead in developing a climate-conscious approach to their daily practice and defining how the Law Society can provide support. It also commits the Bar to act for the climate.

“Lawyers and law firms need to prepare for how the consequences of the climate crisis will affect them and contribute to the global momentum of transitioning to net zero,” added I. Stephanie Boyce.

The Law Society will release more climate change advice for lawyers later this year.

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