“A climate lawsuit is a bullshit filter”

“Fortunately, we have the right,” Roger Cox said in a TED Talk. With this right, he forced the Dutch state and Shell to take on more responsibility. Meanwhile, fossil emissions are only increasing. Can the law really save us?

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On May 26, 2021, Limburg lawyer Roger Cox wrote world history for the second time in his life. He and his team win the case against Shell. This forces Shell to sell its CO2emissions by 45% by 2030 compared to 2019. One of the actors gives a speech: “Never underestimate the capacity of a small group of citizens to change the world. This is a famous quote among activists. But this small group of citizens needs an idea for that. The idea that Roger Cox brought to the world was crucial in this regard.

This idea revolves around the social duty of care, the duty of care. According to this legal regulation, no one in society is free to create dangers for others that you could reasonably have prevented. It served as the basis for the famous “Urgenda case”, which Cox…

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