Court will consider historic case: authorities accused of inaction on climate

An international agreement signed in Paris five years ago aims to limit the global

a warming of less than 2 ° C compared to pre-industrial levels, and preferably up to 1.5 ° C.

However, prosecution experts say governments are far from meeting their commitments, and anger is growing among the younger generation over government inaction.

Non-governmental companies require that the courtrecognized the state responsible for environmental damage. Plaintiffs are confident that the victory will be a symbolic step in the struggle to convince governments to do more in the fight against climate change.

The case, which will be tried in France today, is part of a growing push by climate activists around the world to use the courts against governments.

In 2019, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands orderedthe country's authorities to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% from 1990 levels by the end of 2020 following a lawsuit filed by a non-governmental organization.

The French case began in December 2018,when four eco-activist groups accused the government of failing to cut emissions in a formal complaint supported by over two million people in an online petition. This is a record for France.

Unsatisfied with the answer, nongovernmentalorganizations, including Greenpeace France and Oxfam France, then filed a legal complaint in March 2019, demanding from the state symbolic damages of just one euro.

“We are very hopeful for this hearing and the decision that will follow,” Jean-François Gulliard, director of Greenpeace France, told AFP. He hopes that the court will admit that the state is not doing enough.

“The icing on the cake will be the decision to encourage the government to do more to get France back on the trajectory of the Paris Agreement,” concludes the director of Greenpeace France.

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