Skip to comments.Activists cheer victory in landmark Dutch climate case
Posted on 12/20/2019 6:10:41 AM PST by karpov
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) In a ruling hailed as an immense victory for climate justice, the Netherlands top court ruled Friday in favor of activists who have for years been seeking legal orders to force the Dutch government into cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
Activists in a packed chamber of the Supreme Court in The Hague erupted into applause and cheers as Presiding Judge Kees Streefkerk rejected the governments appeal against earlier rulings ordering the government to cut emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels.
The Supreme Court upheld lower courts rulings that protection from the potentially devastating effects of climate change was a human right and that the government has a duty to protect its citizens.
Urgenda, the Dutch climate and sustainability organization that filed the original case, hailed the ruling as a groundbreaking decision that confirms that individual governments must do their fair share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I am extremely happy that the highest court in the Netherlands has confirmed that climate change is a real, severe problem and that government should do what they themselves have declared for more than 10 years is necessary, namely between 25% and 40% reduction of CO2, Urgenda director Marjan Minnesma told The Associated Press outside the court.
Faiza Oulahsen of Greenpeace in the Netherlands called the ruling an immense victory for climate justice.
It is now more than four years since a court in The Hague first ordered the emissions cut in a case brought by Urgenda that spawned similar legal challenges in courts around the world.
The Dutch government appealed that verdict, saying that courts shouldnt be able to order the government to take action. The government lost the appeal in October 2018, but appealed again
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>>protection from the potentially devastating effects of climate change was a human right and that the government has a duty to protect its citizens.
protection from the potentially devastating effects of sexually transmitted diseases was a human right and that the government has a duty to protect its citizens.
see how easy that is when the argument is made on that merit?
A black robe is no indication of wisdom or virtue, only of delegated power.
Thats probably exactly what will happen, as their economy goes into a depression. Let the climate change ass hats 🎩 be the first ones required to pitch a tent, and try to stay warm in a sleeping bag.
After they ruin their economy and people start leaving in droves, who will supply the emigres with wooden shoes?
Black robes start as lawyers.
Nothing about that makes them wise, or fair, or just.
Will the other countries even let white Dutch people in as refugees?
Immense victory for climate justice”, what a perfect phrase.
It fairly rolls off the tongue.
Climate just us.
Climate just us.
Dutch farmers and truckers are not amused.
I’ve been there. Not particularly impressed by the Real World acumen of those people.
I foresee huge landing fees for commercial air in Amsterdam to raise money to buy carbon credit indulgences for the sin of 21st century modern conveniences
The goal is easily achieved. Just shut off the power grid for the winter, close all gas stations and industry for 3 months a year, slaughter a fourth of the methane-producing cows that provide the backbone of the Netherlands’ economy — and voila, 25% reduction. If the Dutch people don’t like prehistoric life, well, they can elect a new government, assuming they survive the frozen depression, and can walk to the polls in the dark.
protection from the potentially devastating effects of Islamic terrorism was a human right and that the government has a duty to protect its citizens.
Their government should prevent all vehicles on the road for 2020 and no heat in homes. See how long they rejoice.
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