Sweden Sued for not Acting on its Climate


19-year-old Greta Thunberg teams up with more than 600 women and children to file a lawsuit against Sweden. The lawsuit is for failure to stop climate change and violating the European Convention on Human Rights. Greta Thunberg is known for being a climate activist and this is not the first time she was a part of constructing a lawsuit against countries. In 2019, Thunberg and 16 other climate activists filed a lawsuit against five countries. The five countries sued were Turkey, Argentina, Germany, France, and Brazil. Those countries were accused of failing to reduce emissions and caused harm towards the activists as well as preventing indigenous petitioners their right to their culture.

We are 636 young people in @auroramalet who are suing the Swedish state for insufficient climate action.

“When the state carries out climate policy that threatens our human rights, it breaks the law.”

#aurora #ClimateTrials #UprootTheSystem

— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 24, 2022

Also in light of talks at the recently concluded COP27 (the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) for a separate loss and damage fund from developing nations, Thunberg believes climate laws should be tightened.

“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 said.

Due to the invasion of Russia in Ukraine, there was an energy scramble which caused a setback in efforts and sponsored U.N climate talks. The lawsuit, filed in Stockholm on Friday November 25th, urges the court to require that the government undertake its “fair share” of global measures to keep greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the Paris Agreements goals. If you’re wondering what the Paris Agreement is, it’s an agreement that legally binds international treaties on climate change. Hopefully climate change can be kept in check by these efforts.