The organizers behind Sue Big Oil, a made-in-BC lawsuit, are looking to expand after Gibsons City Council unanimously agreed to use at least $1 per resident to help fund the fight against global fossil fuel companies.
Sue Big Oil’s premise is simple: gather money from municipalities around BC, and use it to pay a team of lawyers to bring a class-action lawsuit to cover the costs of climate change. Gibsons is a significant victory for the climate organizing campaign, after Vancouver’s city council voted to rescind a similar commitment earlier this spring.
“We did have a municipal election that shifted the scene here. We had, pretty much, success in 2022, and now we have completely no support,” said Vancouver-based Manvi Bhalla, co-founder of youth-led climate justice non-profit Shake Up The Establishment that supports Sue Big Oil. “That was very disappointing, and I know morale was quite low after that decision… That was kind of a slap in the face.”