Sarah Thomson is courageously taking the government to court to review their inadequate climate change target. Please help with her costs.
A Hamilton law student, she is doing this for all of us, and for our children and grandchildren. She has the support of a team of very smart lawyers from a leading law firm, and has affidavits from top scientists in New Zealand and internationally. She is taking the case because she is concerned about what kind of world our children will face if we continue to let temperatures rise
There are good grounds for a judicial review of the target under New Zealand law. If all countries adopted this target the world would warm by 2.7 degrees above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century and keep warming further after that. That means more severe storms, heat waves, drought, floods, sea level rise and millions of climate refugees who will lose their homes.
At the big climate change march in Auckland, Sarah said "it is the young people who will pay the true cost of today's inaction. Our government has a duty to its people, to ensure a safe place for us and our children to live. But, if they are not fulfilling that duty, it is up to us to demand action."
This is a David vs Goliath action. Sarah's lawyers are donating their time, but money is needed for the filing fee at the High Court, other legal costs and disbursements and associated costs for Sarah relating to her court action. Donations will be paid to Sarah from a solicitor's trust account.
Any money not used will be kept in a solicitor's trust account and disbursed to a registered environmental charity or charities.
I am part of the Waikato Climate Action group to which Sarah has contributed considerably. The givealittle page enables us to give practical support for her legal action. Together we can make a difference.
A firm date for the Climate Change hearing 26 May 2017
Sarah Thomson and her lawyers now have a firm date for the hearing at the High Court Wellington, 2 Molesworth Street. - 26 - 28 June, start time 10am.
Sarah is encouraging people to attend the hearing to show their support for the need for action on climate change. Do contribute to the important national conversation on climate change in any ways that you can.
And our thanks for your generous and thoughtful financial support for her hearing costs,
And fortunately, Sarah is well supported by thoughtful people such as you! So, hopefully, together we will make a difference on this critical issue.