Le Matin – The fight is happening more and more in the courts

A report published in collaboration with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University (USA) suggests that climate litigation has become more common and effective worldwide. In 2017, a total of 884 lawsuits were filed in 24 countries. By 2020, prosecutions have doubled in 38 countries with at least 1,550 climate change-related cases (39 if EU courts are involved). As the climate dispute centers in high-income countries, the report’s authors expect a trend to develop more in countries in the South. The report lists recent cases in Colombia, India, Pakistan, Peru, the Philippines and South Africa, the United Nations reported. According to the United Nations news site, the profiles of complainants are becoming increasingly diverse, including NGOs and political parties with young people, the elderly, migrants and indigenous people. Just as they are particularly vulnerable to Kovid-19, these groups of complainants are often at the forefront of climate change, extreme weather conditions, sea level rise and pollution. Acting Director of the Legal Division of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Arnold Krehiller said, “Citizens are turning to the courts for justice and to exercise their right to a healthy environment.”

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