climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other young plaintiffs in filing a lawsuit against the Swedish government, alleging the country’s inaction on climate change.
The suit joins 19-year-old Thunberg, who claims Sweden’s climate policy violates the European Convention on Human Rights and the Constitution. Bloomberg reported on this🇧🇷
“The Swedish state is not fulfilling its constitutional requirement to promote sustainable development that leads to a better environment for present and future generations,” the group organizing the lawsuit said in a statement.
Thunberg tweeted that Black Friday was the “perfect day” to sue the state over its “inadequate climate policy.”
Thunberg, one of the world’s best-known climate activists, said, “Today is the perfect day on Black Friday to sue a state for inadequate climate policy. So we did it.”
“See you in court,” he said.
Another activist, Ida Edling, said that Sweden “has taken a step climate policy It is very clear that the research will contribute to a climate disaster in the future.”
The decision of the Swedish Parliament in 2017, until 2045 Scandinavian country having zero net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and having 100% renewable energy.
Still, activists in Sweden say the country needs to do more.
“The Swedish state has never treated the climate crisis as a crisis, and the new government has made it clear that it will not,” said Anton Foley, 20, a plaintiff in the case. statement.
Climate campaigns have launched numerous lawsuits against governments and companies in recent years, with mixed success.
In one of the most high-profile cases, Germany’s top court ruled last year that the government must adjust its climate targets to avoid overburdening young people. The German government It responded by moving forward its goal of net zero emissions by 2045 by five years and taking more ambitious near- and medium-term steps to achieve that goal.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.