January 30, 2004
E-LAW U.S. contributed to a landmark report released yesterday by Friends of the Earth International, showing that oil giant ExxonMobil and its predecessors (since the formation of Standard Oil Trust in 1882) are responsible for about 5% of all human caused carbon dioxide emissions around the world.
This is the first time a company`s historic contribution to global climate change has been calculated and could be a key step toward holding companies accountable for climate change caused by human activities.
Grassroots lawyers may play a key role in challenging activities that cause climate change. E-LAW U.S. is working with Peter Roderick, a U.K. lawyer working for the Climate Justice Programme, to support local advocates. Together, we have launched the Climate Justice website.
Please visit: www.climatelaw.org
To read the ExxonMobil report, please visit:
We applaud Friends of the Earth and the Climate Justice Programme for their innovative work.
We will keep you posted on our progress.