More young people driving climate action

Grist published an article originally from Guardian describing how another group of young Europeans are taking climate action to court to force countries (EU+) to take action.

Quote: “Young activists from Portugal have filed the first climate change case at the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, demanding 33 countries make more ambitious emissions cuts to safeguard their future physical and mental wellbeing. The crowdfunded legal action breaks new ground by suing multiple states both for the emissions within their borders and also for the climate impact that their consumers and companies have elsewhere in the world through trade, fossil-fuel extraction, and outsourcing.”

There are many of these actions around the world – probably somewhere near you.

Some facts in the case, quote: “Expert testimony will warn that these trends will worsen in the future. On the current path of about 3 degrees C of warming above preindustrial levels, scientists have predicted a thirty-fold increase in deaths from heat waves in western Europe by the period 2071-2100. At 4 degrees C, which is also possible, they say heat waves above 40 degrees C would endure for more than 30 days a year, quadrupling the risk of forest fires.”

And a tad more, …”The NGO behind the case says the legal campaign aims to amplify the pressure applied by school climate strikers. “This is a culmination of all the campaigning that the youth movement are engaged in. Now they are asking the courts to step up. This is a last-ditch effort to put the ship back on a course that doesn’t involve catastrophic climate change,” said Gearóid Ó Cuinn, the director of GLAN. “It is the youth who stand to be discriminated against. They bear the burden in terms of risk.”

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