Accountability: Loss & damage, litigation, shareholder activism
Climate change impacts can cause severe loss and damage to people and the environment. Loss and damage has been defined as the adverse effects of climate change that go beyond people’s capacity to cope and adapt. These impacts range from extreme events such as weather-related natural hazards, to slow-onset events, including sea-level rise, rising temperatures, and land and forest degradation.
Efforts to hold companies and governments accountable for these impacts include public petitions and calls for action, shareholder resolutions, and lawsuits.
This section is par of our Climate Justice portal.
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