15 Jul 2015

Climate litigation could do more harm than good, Tuvalu's PM warms

8:17 pm on 15 July 2015

Tuvalu's Prime Minister has warned Pacific countries not to take legal action against oil companies for climate change impacts.

The Responding to Climate Change group asked Enele Sopoaga about the option for litigation, and he said lawsuits would unpick delicate negotiations that are expected to produce a global agreement to curb climate change.

In June, community leaders from several Pacific Islands petitioned the Philippines Commission on Human Rights to probe carbon polluters' liability in global warming and violating the rights of islanders.

Vanuatu's President Baldwin Lonsdale attended the campaign meeting and called for affected communities to "stand united" -- although he did not sign the petition.

More than 190 countries are set to strike a global pact to limit temperature rises at a critical UN summit in Paris this December.