Support unprecedented youth climate case against 33 European countries

by Global Legal Action Network

Support unprecedented youth climate case against 33 European countries

by Global Legal Action Network
Global Legal Action Network
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The Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) pursues innovative legal actions across borders challenging the involvement of powerful actors in serious human rights violations and systematic injustice.
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European governments are categorically failing to enact the deep and urgent emissions cuts required to avert a climate catastrophe. 

With GLAN’s support, a group of Portuguese children and young adults have brought an unprecedented climate change case against 33* countries to the European Court of Human Rights. We’re now asking for your support to face the counter-arguments of these governments and their numerous lawyers. 

This case centres on the rising threat which climate change poses to the lives and wellbeing, both physical and mental, of these young people. If successful, these 33 countries would be legally bound, not only to ramp up their emissions cuts, but also to tackle their overseas contributions to climate change, including their exports of fossil fuels. 

We were able to get this case to court following a successful CrowdJustice crowdfunding campaign. Once again we are asking for your support to help us secure a victory in this vital case.


Meet the children and young adults involved


Four of the youth-applicants in this case, Catarina (20), Cláudia (20), Martim (17) and Mariana (8) live in Leiria, one of the regions worst-hit by the devastating forest fires which killed over 120 people in Portugal in 2017. Sofia (15) and André (12), are from Lisbon where, during a heatwave in August 2018, a new temperature record of 44⁰C was set. These young people are already experiencing the effects of climate change. But what they have felt so far does not compare to what they face in future. Experts predict that, without urgent action from governments, they could face having to endure lethal month-long heatwaves with temperatures exceeding 40°C. 

The Covid-19 crisis has not made the climate emergency go away. Climate change remains the single greatest threat to humanity and the need for a radical transition away from fossil fuels is as urgent as ever.


Our team

GLAN’s dedicated team has worked closely with the six youth-applicants in helping them chart a path to the European Court of Human Rights. We have brought together the necessary legal and scientific expertise to put forward the strongest possible case. Our lawyers are from Garden Court Chambers, one of London's leading human rights barrister chambers who have vast expertise in human rights and climate change law. 


The funding we need to raise and why we ask you to donate

Now that we have filed this case, we face the major task of responding to the arguments of 33 countries. We are seeking your support to help us meet this challenge. This will be enable us to engage in further legal research, evidence gathering and to cover translation costs. 

Please join us and together we can achieve a ground-breaking legal victory.


* The 33 countries being sued are: The Member States of the EU (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) as well as Norway, Russia, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Ukraine.

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