As world leaders gather in Paris to negotiate strategies to address the threat of climate change, the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) last week approved a resolution calling for the federal government and all state governments to take action to meet this threat. The resolution urges the President, Congress, and state governments to acknowledge the threat of global climate change caused by human activities, to adopt laws and policies that lead to the substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions with consideration of the economic impact of such measures, and to promote alternative energy sources and technologies.
The resolution noted that the Environmental Rights Amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution guarantees “to all of the people, including generations yet to come,” “a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.” Through the resolution, PBA calls on all lawyers, as well as all members of society, “to use the powers at their disposal to address global climate change and participate in the review and development of appropriate policies to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Members of Stock and Leader’s Environmental Group assisted in drafting the PBA resolution and are knowledgeable about the evolving regulatory environment regarding climate change. Stock and Leader is well prepared to advise clients on how climate change could impact your business operations.