While she’s had little to say about the “filthy” climate policies of countries like China and India, climate change zealot Greta Thunberg has plenty to say about the policies of her home country, Sweden.
She has so much to say, in fact, that Thunberg has joined hundreds of other young activists in suing the government of Sweden for allegedly not doing enough to stave off the alleged threat of man-made climate change.
“The Swedish suit involves Thunberg, possibly the world’s best known climate activist, and more than 600 others who claim that Sweden’s climate policies violate its constitution as well as the European Convention on Human Rights,” according to Bloomberg.
Today on Black Friday is the perfect day to sue the state over its insufficient climate policies.
So that’s what we did.
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 25, 2022
The group calls itself Aurora, and on Friday they released a statement to the public blasting their own government.
“The Swedish state fails to meet the constitutional requirement to promote sustainable development leading to a good environment for present and future generations,” the statement reads.
The group of left-wing activists also marched through the Swedish capital of Stockholm as part of another “school strike” against climate change.
During the March, “Thunberg and her fellow plaintiffs symbolically delivered their lawsuit to the district court,” according to Common Dreams, a far-left news source.
School strike week 223. Today we are 636 young people in @auroramalet who are suing the Swedish state for insufficient climate action. Therefore we now marched from the parliament to the court.#FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike #Aurora #ClimateTrials #UprootTheSystem @auroramalet pic.twitter.com/gatAMGPzcp
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 25, 2022
Common Dreams notes that despite Sweden adopting “a law in 2017 requiring the government to draw down its fossil fuel emissions to net-zero by 2045,” the European nation’s greenhouse gas emissions have increased in the past couple years.
“The right-wing government that took power last month after September’s elections has proposed a budget for 2023 which would further increase emissions. It also eliminated the Ministry of Environment, which left climate action advocates expecting ‘huge cuts in green funding leading to a devastating impact on climate policies,'” Common Dreams further notes.
However, comparatively, Sweden barely produces any emissions. The most recent data tracked by World Population Review shows that in 2019, Sweden only emitted 33.70 metric tons. Conversely, China and India emitted 9,876.50 and 2,310 tons, respectively.
The point is that Sweden doesn’t really have troubling climate change policies, or at least not in comparison to the rest of the world. Yet even these low numbers are too high for zealots like Thunberg and her allies.
2000 marscherar i Stockholm till stöd för de över 600 ungdomar som idag stämmer staten för att de inte behandlar klimatkrisen som en kris.#Aurora #UprootTheSystem #ClimateTrials pic.twitter.com/of7w7oo9eb
— Auroramålet (@auroramalet) November 25, 2022
That said, will her lawsuit be successful? She appears to believe so.
“We don’t have laws that provide long-term protection from the consequences of climate and environmental crises, but we need to use the methods at our disposal and do everything we can,” she reportedly told the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
Hers is one of many lawsuits that have been filed in the past few years.
“Research by the London School of Economics Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment found a surge in legal cases against the fossil fuel industry over the past year outside the US and growing action in other corporate sectors,” according to Outlook, an Indian magazine.
“People have been filing legal challenges on climate change grounds since the mid-1980s, but the number of climate change-related litigation lawsuits around the world has more than doubled since 2015. One quarter of the 2,002 recorded cases to date was filed in the past two years alone,” the magazine notes.
One such lawsuit just scored a huge victory on Friday, when an Australian court blocked a proposal for a coal mine on the basis that it “would add 1.58 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere over its lifespan — more than triple Australia’s annual domestic emissions — and impact the human rights of future generations,” as reported by Bloomberg.
“Climate change was a key issue in this hearing. This Project alone is not the difference between acceptable and unacceptable climate change. But 1.58 gigatons of CO2 is a meaningful contribution to the remaining carbon budget to meet the long-term temperature goal of the Paris Agreement,” the court said in its ruling.
An Australian court blocks a proposal for a huge coal mine, saying the emissions produced by the fuel would threaten human rights https://t.co/ezWdshyTdb
— Bloomberg (@business) November 27, 2022
Another lawsuit was successful last year when “Germany’s top court ruled … that the government had to adjust its climate targets to avoid unduly burdening the young,” as reported by Fox News.
“The German government reacted by bringing forward its target for “net zero” emissions by five years to 2045 and laying more ambitious near-and-medium term steps to achieve that goal,” according to Fox News.
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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