Thunberg SUES her own government for insufficient climate action

Greta Thunberg SUES her own Swedish government for not doing enough to fight climate change

  • Hundreds of activists marched to a court to file a legal claim against the state 
  • More than 600 people under the age of 26 signed the 87-page document
  • They want court to rule that nation’s climate policies have violated human rights

Greta Thunberg was among the hundreds of activists marching through the Swedish capital to a court to file a legal claim against the state for what they say is insufficient climate action.

More than 600 people under the age of 26 signed the 87-page document that is the basis for the claim, which was filed in the Stockholm District Court.

They want the court to rule that the country’s climate policies have violated its citizens’ human rights.

Anton Foley, spokesman of the youth-led initiative Aurora, which prepared and filed the claim, said: ‘Sweden has never treated the climate crisis like a crisis.

Thunberg (pictured) was among the hundreds of activists marching through the Swedish capital to a court to file a legal claim against the state for what they say is insufficient climate action

More than 600 people under the age of 26 signed the 87-page document that is the basis for the claim, which was filed in the Stockholm District Court. They want the court to rule that the country’s climate policies have violated its citizens’ human rights

‘Sweden is failing in its responsibility and breaking the law.’

The action comes as scientists warn chances are dwindling to limit future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times.

At a UN climate conference in Egypt earlier this month, leaders attempted to keep that goal afloat but did not ratchet up calls for reducing carbon emissions.

Another activist, Ida Edling, said Sweden ‘is pursuing a climate policy the research is very clear will contribute to a climate disaster in the future’.

In 2017, Sweden’s parliament decided that by 2045 the nation will have zero net emissions of greenhouse gases entering into the atmosphere and 100% renewable energy.

The action comes as scientists warn chances are dwindling to limit future warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times. Another activist, Ida Edling, said Sweden ‘is pursuing a climate policy the research is very clear will contribute to a climate disaster in the future’

Swedish broadcaster TV4 said the government declined to comment on ongoing legal action.

Climate campaigners have launched numerous lawsuits against governments and companies in recent years – with mixed results. 

In one of the most high-profile cases, Germany’s top court ruled last year the government had to alter its climate targets to avoid unduly burdening the young.

The German government reacted by bringing forward its target for net zero emissions by five years to 2045 and laying more ambitious near and medium-term steps to achieve that goal.

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