SDG 13: Climate Action

Climate   change   is  the  single  biggest  threat  to  sustainable  development. As this issue becomes more urgent, the role of the international legal community becomes even more important in advancing SDG 13: Climate Action. Law can be a tool for positive change and lawyers have a role to play in tackling climate change. There are legal risks and opportunities arising from the impact of climate change. These impact business operations and society in general. Innovative and leading law firms can lead the transition to a low-carbon economy by helping their clients to identify these. This Guide provides practical advice and actions for lawyers in the fight against climate change.

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Top three actions lawyers can take

Legal professionals can enhance their understanding and raise awareness about the policy and programmatic efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change and its role in promoting ‘climate justice’.

Law firms can use their unique positioning and expertise to ensure that the burdens and benefits of climate change are shared equitably across the legal community; encourage their clients to introduce and monitor carbon management strategies; and safeguard the rights of the communities most vulnerable to climate change.

Commercial lawyers can actively tackle climate change by working with their clients to develop effective climate change policies, as well as using their legal expertise to advise on the mitigation and adaptation strategies being developed internationally.

Climate change undermines the ability of all countries to achieve sustainable development.

‘Climate change’ poses a fundamental justice concern; but ‘Climate justice’ safeguards the rights of the most vulnerable people.