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Point: Lawyers have a role to play in responding to climate change – CBA National

Climate change raises issues of justice and equality. Lawyers from all practice areas have a role to play in crafting a response.

26 May 2020

At the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) 2020 annual general meeting (AGM), I put forward a climate leadership motion developed with colleagues from across Canada and supported by the Aboriginal Law Section, Labour and Employment Law Section, Municipal Law Section and Women Lawyers Forum. Although the motion did not pass, the CBA Board of Directors decided to nullify the vote and to re-table the resolution at the next AGM because of technical difficulties with the voting process.

The debate regarding this motion at the AGM made clear that we could do more to explain why we believe that responding to climate change raises issues of justice and equality, and why lawyers from many practice areas have a role to play in responding to the impacts of a changing climate and developing solutions to speed our transition to a less carbon-intensive society. I welcome the opportunity to have that discussion here and in the leadup to the next AGM.

Read More: https://www.nationalmagazine.ca/en-ca/articles/law/opinion/2020/point-lawyers-have-a-role-to-play-in-responding-to

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