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Climate Suit Against the Dutch State

November 14, 2012

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, November 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Announcement at book release of Revolution Justified

Today climate proceedings against the Dutch state have been announced, claiming that
the Netherlands is under a legal obligation to reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 40%
by 2020 and up to 95% by 2050. A Dutch “climate-book” provided the impetus for these
proceedings. The book, which essentially calls for similar climate proceedings against all
Western states due to their lack of action, was embraced by the influential Dutch Urgenda
Foundation, the petitioner in the first climate suit following the book’s blueprint.

Now available in an English translation under the title Revolution Justified, this
book is ready to make a global impact. Backed by world-renowned American climate scientist
James Hansen, author and Dutch attorney Roger H.J. Cox thinks reaching a wider audience
with the English translation is important: “Multiple climate cases throughout Europe and
in other Western countries will speed up the process toward an energy revolution that is
demanded by citizens. This is why we worked hard to make the translation available as soon
as possible, so potential petitioners in other countries can use it as a working document
for their climate suits.” Cox – already dubbed “the climate-lawyer” – prefers not to be
labeled an activist, though he readily admits to helping Dutch businesses “go green” for
several years now and was recently voted one of the top influencers in sustainable
building in the Netherlands.

James Hansen was the first person to receive a copy of the English translation today,
during the book’s launch in The Hague. Hansen, actively involved in several climate
proceedings in the United States himself, expressed his wholehearted endorsement of
Revolution Justified. “In the climate and energy debate we need more pressure and
involvement from the public, willing to defend our rights and those of our children and
grandchildren using all the means of our laws to achieve justice”, said Hansen, whose
foreword gives further weight to this book’s message, as do the forewords contributed by
Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels and celebrated American architect of the “Cradle to Cradle”
concept, William McDonough.

Provocatively subtitled Why only the law can save us now, this book makes for an
undeniably gripping read. It describes the huge societal challenges of oil decline,
climate change and the failure of democracy. The work argues that without legal
intervention these challenges will put Western nations at risk of committing domestic
human rights violations on a scale nobody had thought to ever see again after World War
II. Meticulously substantiated with a wide array of international scientific,
journalistic, legal and even military sources, the text draws readers into a tightening
stranglehold that eases only in the final section. Here, the reader learns how the
judiciary may yet rescue the climate and break through the status quo in the energy world
to prevent the literal downfall of Western society.

Revolution Justified: Why only the law can save us now is a compelling work of
non-fiction, written for a wide readership and available for worldwide distribution as
from November 14, 2012 at http://www.revolutionjustified.org. This 328-page book will
especially appeal to those involved in greening our economy.

Press invitation and information:

Press kit and review copy can be requested from the publisher’s office at
press@planetprosperity.org. For more information on the book and the author see


More information and specifics on the Dutch climate suit will be communicated directly
by petitioner Urgenda via press releases and via http://www.urgenda.nl and via
http://www.revolutionjustified.org as of November 14, 2012.

Members of the press are cordially invited to attend the book launch and the
announcement of the Dutch climate suit, which will take place on November 14, 2012, from
10 a.m. until 12 noon at the Nieuwspoort international press centre in The Hague, in the
political heart of the Netherlands.

The first copy of the book will be presented to Dr. James E. Hansen at this event,
which will include presentations by Dr. Hansen, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological
Institute and several academic experts on climate change and sustainable development.
Concluding the presentations will be Marjan Minnesma, director of the Urgenda Foundation,
who will be announcing legal proceedings against the Dutch state. Several related events
(college tour, public interviews) with Mr. Hansen and others, will take place on November
14 – 16.

SOURCE Stichting Planet Prosperity Foundation

Source: PR Newswire