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Dutch state ordered to step up actions against climate change
June 28, 2015, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Sustainability News

Dutch Climate Case

This week, the court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch state to take further action to stop climate change. 900 citizens, organised by the environmental group Urgenda, had accused the Dutch government of negligence for “knowingly contributing” to a breach of the 2C maximum target for global warming.

Current plans to cut emissions by just 14-17% compared to 1990 levels by 2020 are told to be unlawful, given the scale of the threat posed by climate change.

The Netherlands should step up its actions to stop climate change and protect its citizens. It should follow EU’s ‘precautionary principle’ which prohibits actions that carry unknown but potentially severe risks. The as being ‘too small’ to make a difference” did not stand as a counterargument. “Any reduction of emissions contributes to the prevention of dangerous climate change and as a developed country the Netherlands should take the lead in this’, according to the judge.

A climate case like this has no precedent in The Netherlands. The country has a history of negotation, debate and ‘consensus. The discussion on climate change had not been extended to court, so far.

Herewith the video summarizing the lawsuit ith English subtitles:


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