Governments worldwide are failing to do what is necessary to counteract climate change. Through their inaction, they violate human rights, as well as obstruct the chances of ensuring a future that is worth living for present and future generations on earth. More and more people around the globe – especially those most at risk, including the young and the elderly – are taking these governments to court.
For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights is faced with the responsibility of holding European states accountable for violating human rights by not taking sufficient measures to combat climate change.
Meanwhile, another much awaited case, Duarte Agostinho et al. v Portugal and 32 Others, will be heard on 27 September 2023.