'Truly a David and Goliath Case': Six Young People Take 32 Countries to Court In Unprecedented Case

Curated by Adrian Ruiz

The European Court of Human Rights is set to hear an unprecedented lawsuit brought by six young people from Portugal against 32 European countries, accusing them of failing to address the human-caused climate crisis. Aged between 11 and 24, the claimants argue that they are on the frontlines of climate change and are urging the court to compel these nations to accelerate climate action. This is the first climate case brought before the European Court of Human Rights and the largest of three climate lawsuits it is hearing. A ruling in favor of the claimants could have far-reaching implications, potentially compelling countries to intensify their climate efforts and offering support to similar climate lawsuits worldwide.

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