The Government knows this is a climate emergency. So where’s the Emergency Plan?

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“But, distressingly, [Aviva’s] analysis … said the FTSE 100 index as a whole is heading towards 3.9 degrees”, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, October 2020

The Government knows there is a climate emergency. It knows there is an unprecedented threat to the lives of current and future generations, with young people and the Global South on the frontline. It knows recovery from COVID-19 presents a one-off opportunity to avert disaster. 

But it has failed to produce a plan to reduce the UK’s emissions in line with its legal obligations. It has failed to prepare for the crises to come. And it has failed to control the City of London’s role as a “world-leading” financier and profiteer of destruction. The Government knows what needs to be done, but it’s not doing it.

The Government’s complicity is a violation of its legal duties to our planet, our generation and our communities (including the right to life and the right to family life, the Paris Agreement and the international law duty to prevent harm).

We do not consent to these violations. That’s why we are taking legal action. To fight for our right to life – and for yours too.


Who’s bringing the case?

The case is being led by three young British Citizens, Jerry Amokwandoh (22), Adetola Onamade (23) and Marina Tricks (19), who have family in Afrika and Abya Yala (the Americas, including the Caribbean and Latin America), regions of the world already experiencing extreme disruption from climate and ecological breakdown. The Government’s failure to plan is a breach of their right to life, their right to family life, and the prohibition of discrimination in the enjoyment of those rights.

They are being supported by Plan B together with the Stop the Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide! Campaign (

Case correspondence and materials

Press release, 12 December 2020

Pre-action letter sent to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, 12 December 2020

Government’s response to pre-action letter, 14 December 2020

Press coverage

New Youth Climate Lawsuit Launched Against UK Government on Five Year Anniversary of Paris Agreement

“However, the UK’s hosting of the meeting could be partially overshadowed by news fresh legal action has been launched against the Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak over the government’s ongoing financing of high carbon infrastructure.

A trio of young Brits – Adetola Onamade, Marina Tricks, and Jerry Amokwandoh, aged 19 to 22 – allege the government’s ongoing support of fossil fuels at home and abroad constitute a violation of their rights to life and to family life, a violation of the Paris Agreement, and a violation of international law.”

The materials below relate to an earlier framing of the claim, focussed on the Government’s bailouts for polluters

7 July letter, warning of legal action

21 July, Pre-action protocol letter

7 August, Gov response re polluter bailouts

10 August, Gov response re funding for fossil fuel project in Mozambique

Press coverage

Press release, 21 July

Legal action threatened over Boris Johnson’s ‘unlawful’ green recovery plans, Guardian, 7 July

UK premier faces court over Covid-19 recovery, Climate News Network, 10 July

Campaigners launch legal challenge against UK’s green recovery plans, Guardian, 21 July

Climate Campaigners Launch Legal Challenge to ‘Catastrophic’ Government Recovery Package, Desmog, 22 July

Legal threat escalates over government’s ‘reckless’ company bailouts, Business Green, 13 August

UK: Paris climate treaty has no domestic effect, Climate News Network, 14 August