Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other young plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Swedish government alleging the country’s inaction on the issue of climate change.
The lawsuit joins the 19-year-old Thunberg with more than 600 people who say Sweden’s climate policies have violated the Constitution along with the European Convention on Human Rights. Bloomberg reported.
“The Swedish state does not comply with the constitutional requirement to promote sustainable development that leads to a good environment for present and future generations,” the group organizing the lawsuit said in a statement.
Thunberg posted on Twitter that Black Friday was the “perfect day” to sue the state for “its insufficient climate policies.”
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“Today, Black Friday, is the perfect day to sue the state for its insufficient climate policies. So that’s what we did,” said Thunberg, one of the world’s most renowned climate activists.
“See you in court,” he added.
Another campaigner, Ida Edling, said Sweden “is following a climate policy whose research is very clear will contribute to a future climate disaster.”
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Sweden’s parliament decided in 2017 that by 2045, the Scandinavian country will have zero net greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and will have 100% renewable energy.
Still, activists in Sweden say the country should do more.
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“The Swedish state has never treated the climate crisis for the crisis that it is, and the new government has made it clear that it will not either,” Anton Foley, a 20-year-old plaintiff in the case, said in a statement. .
Climate activists have launched numerous lawsuits against governments and companies in recent years, with mixed success.
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In one of the most high-profile cases, Germany’s supreme court ruled last year that the government had to adjust its climate targets to avoid unduly overburdening young people. The German government reacted by moving up its “net zero” emissions target five years to 2045 and setting out more ambitious short- and medium-term measures to achieve that goal.
Associated Press contributed to this report.