ALL OVER THE PLANET, YOUNG CITIZENS ARE SUING GOVERNMENTs FOR INACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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10 may 2016

In Novel Tactic on Climate Change, Citizens Sue Their Governments

By JOHN SCHWARTZ The New York Times MAY 10, 2016

Victoria Barrett, 17, is a New York high school student and a plaintiff in a climate change lawsuit brought by Our Children’s Trust. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Global warming is already disrupting the planet’s weather. Now it is having an impact on the courts as well, as adults and children around the world try to enlist the judiciary in their efforts to blunt climate change.

In the United States, an environmental law nonprofit is suing the federal government on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs. Individuals in Pakistan and New Zealand have sued to force their governments to take stronger action to fight climate change. A farmer in Peru has sued a giant German energy utility over its part in causing global warming.

And while the arguments can be unconventional and surprising, some of the suits are making progress.

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