Greta Thunberg joins the lawsuit against the Swedish government for ‘insufficient’ climate policy

Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other young prosecutors in a lawsuit against Sweden’s government over alleged negligence on the part of the country on climate change.

The lawsuit joins 19-year-old Thunberg along with more than 600 others who argue that Sweden’s climate policy violates the constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. reported Bloomberg.

“The Swedish state does not fulfill the constitutional requirement to promote sustainable development leading to a good environment for current and future generations,” the group that organized the lawsuit said in a statement.

Thunberg posted on Twitter that Black Friday was the “perfect day” to sue the state for “inadequate climate policies.”

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the rally ”Europe Climate Strike” in Brussels, Belgium
(Reuters/Johanna Geron)

“Today on Black Friday is the perfect day to sue the state for inadequate climate policies. So we did,” said Thunberg, one of the world’s most recognizable climate activists.

“See you in court,” she added.

Another activist, Ida Edling, said that Sweden “has a climate policy that the research is very clear will contribute to climate catastrophe in the future.”

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate rally in Vancouver, British Columbia

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate rally in Vancouver, British Columbia
(Melissa Renwick/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Swedish parliament decided in 2017 that the Scandinavian country should no longer emit any net greenhouse gases into the atmosphere by 2045 and must have 100% renewable energy.

Still, activists in Sweden believe the country should do more.

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Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson speaks during a digital press conference

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson speaks during a digital press conference
(Marko Säävälä/TT via AP)

“The Swedish state has never treated the climate crisis as the crisis it is, and the new government has made it clear that it will not,” Anton Foley, a 20-year-old plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. .

Climate activists have filed numerous lawsuits against governments and businesses in recent years, with varying degrees of success.

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In one of the most high-profile cases, Germany’s Supreme Court ruled last year that the government should adjust its climate targets so as not to unnecessarily burden young people. The German government responded by pushing forward its “net-zero” emissions target by five years to 2045 and taking more ambitious short- and medium-term steps to reach that target.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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