In what could become a historic court case of global significance, eco activists and NGOs in Paris are seeking conviction of the French state for its ‘inadequate’ action to combat climate change.
A court in Paris will this week hear a landmark case accusing the French government of taking inadequate action to combat climate change.
Brought forth two years ago by four climate NGOs, including Greenpeace France, Oxfam France, Notre Affaire à Tous, and Nicolas Hulot, an official complaint was lodged against the French government for insufficient action to lower national emissions.
Unfortunately, the plaintiffs’ case slowly lost the momentum required to stir up government discussion and secure a hearing at the Supreme Court in the Capital.
During that quiet period, organisers put up an online petition demanding a proper inquest into the state’s progress (or alleged lack thereof) in reaching the goals set out by the Paris agreement.
Suffice to say, levels of support were big.
⚖️L’audience de #LAffaireDuSiecle a lieu aujourd’hui à 13h45, au tribunal administratif de Paris.
✊ 📢 Ce matin nous avons rappelé à l'Etat que nous sommes plus de 2 millions à nous être mobilisé-es et qu'il est de son devoir d'agir rapidement face à l'urgence climatique 👇 pic.twitter.com/GlKIFsRZnW
— Greenpeace France (@greenpeacefr) January 14, 2021
Backed by over 2.3 million signatures – which marks a national record, according to organisers – the French administration must now face allegations that the state continues to exceed carbon budgets, and is failing to make good on promises of energy efficient renovations, as well as developing means of renewable energy. Chiefly, campaigners see current efforts towards the goal of reducing 40% of emissions by 2030 as farcical.