STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – A Swedish court on Tuesday allowed Greta Thunberg and hundreds of other climate activists to proceed with a class action lawsuit against the Swedish state for “inadequate climate policy”.
Thunberg, and 600 other youth activists from a group called Aurora, sued the Swedish state in November, claiming it had to do more to limit global warming to 1.5°C in order to live up to the European Convention on Human Rights. Will happen.
On Tuesday, Naka District Court said the trial could proceed after the group made adjustments to the claim.
“The district court today issued summons in a high-profile class action lawsuit,” the court said in a statement. “The case seeks to determine the district court that the state has an obligation to take certain specified measures to limit climate change.”
The district court said the Swedish state has three months to respond to the lawsuit before a hearing or written settlement of the case, without saying when the lawsuit might be decided.
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The Chancellor of Justice did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Aurora wants the court to decide that Sweden needs to cut CO2 emissions by at least 6.5-9.4 million tonnes per year starting in 2019.
“The health and future of the planet, and ours, is directly dependent on whether or not our politicians recognize the seriousness of the climate crisis, and so Aurora wants you to do everything we can to do the same.” , ” the group said in an open letter to the Swedish government last year.
On Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned that a “climate time bomb is ticking” as he urged rich countries to reduce emissions as quickly as possible, after a new assessment by scientists said they were too short to tackle climate change. There is very little time.
(Reporting by Johan Ahlander; Editing by Mark Potter)
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