Duty of Care

Inspirational behind-the-scenes account of Roger Cox’s ground-breaking court cases against Shell and the Dutch government to tackle climate change.

Time & Tickets

In DUTY OF CARE, we follow him while he spearheads two court cases which became an inspiration for climate activists all over the world. In the 2015 Urgenda case, the judge ordered the Dutch government to immediately take effective action to reduce greenhouse emissions. A few years later, Cox takes on an even more daring task in a case against the world’s largest oil company Shell. Gradually he is establishing that those in power owe a duty of care to citizens to avoid catastrophic climate change. Time Magazine awarded him a place on their ‘100 most influential people of 2021’ list.

When Roger Cox was a young lawyer he went to see a movie that changed his life: Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. ‘That’s when I fell off my chair,’ he remembers in DUTY OF CARE. Together with Lumière Cinema, he then arranged a series of free screenings of the documentary. Now, more than fifteen years later, Roger returns to Lumière Cinema for an exclusive Q&A.

Nic Balthazar, Netherlands, 2022, 56 min. English & Dutch spoken, English subtitles.