Press conference: „Climate Litigation: taking big emitters to court over their climate inaction“

12. Dezember, 14 Uhr (Room MOCHA in Hall 4, COP 25 Venue Madrid)

On Thursday 12 December, plaintiffs and campaigners representing six climate cases across the world will attend the UN climate talks in Madrid to present how climate litigation is enforcing the protection of human rights from the worsening impacts of climate change.


Yeb Sano, Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, also a petitioner of the human rights investigation of the Commission on Human Rights in the Philippines

Nine de Pater, campaigner at Milieudefensie on the legal action against Shell

Lisa Goeldner, representing the German Climate Case

Cecilia Erba, representing the Italian Climate Case

Sabdhd O’Neill, representing Climate Case Ireland

Wendel Trio, Director of CAN Europe in support of the legal action against the European Union, known as the People’s Climate Case

The press conference will be livestreamed here:

In 2019, climate litigation continued to expand across world jurisdictions. An increasing number of citizens and NGOs are using legal frameworks to hold their governments and fossil fuel companies accountable for failing to address the climate crisis.

The press conference will gather different campaigners and plaintiffs who are involved in different legal actions to seek climate justice, who will testify about their efforts, their motivation and the impact they have had until now.


Side-Event „Taking big emitters to court over their climate inaction!

12. Dezember, 16.00 – 17.15 (The Social Summit for Climate, Complutense University of Madrid, Aula 1115)

Organised by: CAN Europe – A Sud – Protect the Planet

Today, climate change is impacting people’s lives, livelihoods, and becoming one of the biggest human rights and social and political challenge. People around the world who are already feeling these impacts, are asking for more ambitious climate action from their governments and personally taking action to fight against climate change.


People’s Climate Case: Martina Fjällberg representing the Sami youth association

Philippines petition: Yeb Sano (Marian coordinating)

German Climate Case: Lisa Goldner

Climate Case Ireland: Sadbh O’Neill

Italian Case: Cecilia Erba

Shell Case: Nine de Pater from MilieuDefensie

Moderation : Goksen Sahin (CAN Europe)

How to get there: The *Social Summit for Climate will  be held at the Complutense University of Madrid. The central point will  be the Multipurpose Building and the tent area that has been set up in front of it. The nearest metro is Ciudad Universitaria (line 6) and buses F and G (only available on days 10, 11 and 12) stop right in front of it.

The map shows how to get to the Social Summit for Climate and the way will  be signposted from the underground.