More than 700 climate lawsuits have been filed around the world since 2015, according to the Climate Change Litigation Databases. That’s a huge increase, considering there have only been about 1,700 of these types of cases since the late 1980s, most of them in the US. In a recent long-running case, the Dutch Supreme Court — citing the European Convention on Human Rights — ruled in favor of environmental group the Urgenda Foundation and 900 citizens and ordered the Dutch government to reduce its greenhouse emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020. A few months later, the government announced €3 billion ($3.5 billion) in measures to drastically cut coal use and fund renewable energy projects. Read more: To accelerate climate action, citizens are suing governments Urgenda director Marjan Minnesma called it “an enormous win,” telling The Guardian that the move would show “it is possible to use the law as a strategic instrument for change.” Here’s an overview of this tactic, and others, that environmentalists are using to force climate action. Defending human rights UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet believes the Urgenda case will set a precedent. ”This landmark ruling provides a clear path forward for concerned individuals… Read full this story
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