“Climate change is not a tragedy, it’s a crime.”

Could this increasingly common refrain among climate activists be more than just a slogan? Years of reporting show that fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, and BP knew their business model was generating, in their own words, “catastrophic” climate change. Instead of alerting the public about this existential threat, these companies funded multi-million dollar disinformation campaigns to block responses that would curb their dangerous but highly-profitable conduct. They made trillions of dollars from their deception, while people, communities, and nations around the world pay an increasingly devastating price. Could these acts constitute criminal violations? Should Big Oil be prosecuted?  Read a recent aticle on the question here.

Join legal experts, practitioners, and activists for a panel discussion of these timely questions of climate accountability, hosted by Systemic Justice Project, Public Citizen, The [F]law, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Environmental Law Society, Harvard LPE Association, and Hagens Berman.

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  • Where: Harvard Law School – Langdell North
  • When: March 21, 2024, 12:20 – 1:20pm
  • Lunch provided!


Special thanks to Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro.


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