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September 22, 2014

Association Expresses Concern Over 'Severe Consequences' of Climate Change, Convenes Chancellor's Forum

The Board of Governors of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association has unanimously adopted a resolution supporting action on climate change, calling on the U.S. Congress, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and local governments to specifically promote policies, such as carbon pricing, to reduce the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

The resolution passed by the Philadelphia Bar Association recognizes that "the world's leading scientific organizations have warned repeatedly of the severe human and economic consequences in the near future from global warming," and "declares that “our nation's first principle is that all people are created equal and enjoy certain 'unalienable rights' to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that reports from the scientific community indisputably demonstrate a serious threat to these rights from global climate change." The full resolution can be found here:

"We work hard to understand the needs of citizens and to be on the cutting edge of many important issues that the public is concerned about," said William P. Fedullo, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association. "We must act now, as it is important for the future generations of our children and grandchildren to have a stable climate as well as fresh air to breathe and clean water to drink."

The Philadelphia Bar Association calls on all other associations of legal professionals, all lawyers, and all members of society to continue the call for action on climate change put forward by the American Bar Association.

The American Bar Association's resolution urged "Congress to enact and the President to sign legislation that would: cap and reduce United States greenhouse gas emissions to help prevent the rise of the worldwide atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations to dangerous levels," and "utilize market mechanisms designed to minimize compliance costs, such as cap and trade, carbon taxation, or emissions trading." The ABA's resolution can be found here:

“Climate change is one of the most important environmental issues of our times. I applaud the Philadelphia Bar Association for recognizing the importance of this issue,” said Philadelphia attorney Steven T. Miano, who currently serves as the Chair of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

In recognition of the need for our society to respond to climate change, Chancellor Fedullo is hosting a Chancellor's Forum, on Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Philadelphia Bar Association Conference Center at 12 p.m., with guest speaker Dr. Richard Alley Ph.D., of Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Alley is one of the foremost authorities on climate change and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at

The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.
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