A recurring question for many lawyers is what they can do to address climate change and make a contribution to sustainable development. One answer is to help turn the recommendations in Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Michael B. Gerrard & John C. Dernbach eds., 2019) into draft legislation that can be considered for adoption. Rick Horsch, a retired partner at White & Case in New York City, is spearheading this effort, and so far recruited 21 major law firms on a pro bono basis to do that. This is an important step in closing the gap between the recommendations in the book and real-world reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The draft legislation will be posted online.
A recent article in Law360, “How Lawyers Can Help Save the Planet,” explains this effort. If you would like to participate, or have your firm consider participating, by all means let us know.