EU court rejects historic citizen’s climate case

Posted: May 22, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Emissions, Legal, News
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So ‘historic’ that few have heard of it? ‘There are currently around 1,000 cases brought against governments across the world related to climate change and habitat loss’, reports Good news for lawyers.

The European Court of Justice threw out a landmark case brought by 10 families who sued the European Union over the threats climate change poses to their homes and livelihoods, lawyers said Wednesday.

Lawyers said the ECJ earlier this month dismissed the case on procedural grounds, arguing that individuals do not have the right to challenge the bloc’s environmental plans.

The ruling could have a major impact on future climate litigation, experts said.

Lawyers for the “People’s Climate Case” said they would appeal.

Families from across Europe, Kenya and Fiji in May last year filed suit against the European Union, claiming it must do more to limit climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions and the droughts, floods and sea level rises it brings.

The plaintiffs were “already being impacted by climate change, already incurring damage,” their lawyer Roda Verheyen told AFP at the time.

The plaintiffs include a Portuguese forester who had all his trees destroyed by wildfires in 2017 and a family from the Italian Alps which has seen the tourists their livelihoods depend on dwindle due to warmer winters.

In a ruling on the ECJ’s website, the judges acknowledged that “every individual is likely to be affected one way or another by climate change”.

But it decided that this did not provide grounds for suing the EU, which has already committed to reduce emissions.

“The case is not dismissed on the merits,” said Verheyen in reaction to the ruling.

“On the contrary, the Court accepts that climate change is impacting everybody but refrains to engage with the facts of climate change and its human rights impacts.”

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  1. cognog2 says:

    The Lawyers will milk this to the last drop. Too much money involved here to allow a conclusion.
    Basically the law should not get involved democratic decisions. That for politicians to make a mess of.

  2. ivan says:

    The first question from the court should have been, ‘Where is the proof of this alleged man made global warming/climate change?’ The court would never ask that because doing so would expose the UN Church of Climatology Scam and open the flood gates to other people to claim for the restitution of ‘carbon’ taxes.

    Maybe, we the people should be taking the governments to court for their stupidity of accepting the climate scam without evidence (computer models are not evidence).

  3. JB says:

    Yeah, people’s bodies are heating up. Must be all those racy adverts…

  4. Derek Colman says:

    I understand fully that if the actions of another person or persons cause me injury or financial loss, I can sue them for damages. What I find hard to grasp is the principle of suing them before the damage occurs. it doesn’t seem that I would have a case.

  5. P.A.Semi says:

    What about sueing the Union, that due to their Godlessness we are being punished by God by a climate change ?
    Sort of a carbon-climate-change religion turned another religious way, would it be more absurd?

    Actually, while we live in “judiciocracy”, these bastards have tried to force executive policies via judicial power… It would be a very dangerous precedent of using judicial extortion to enforce a political agenda, based on absolutely non-provable nonsense…