Judges dismiss climate lawsuit against German government

Judges have dismissed a lawsuit, brought by three farmers and backed by Greenpeace, against the German government for failing to reach 2020 climate targets.

The suit was seen as a step towards accountability for Agenda 2020, a non-binding recommendation of the German Bundesrat (second chamber of parliament) towards sustainability targets which call for legal action by the parliament. At its current pace, the plaintiffs say, the goals will not be met, and their livelihoods will be threatened.

The farmers were represented by Roda Verheyen, who previously won a climate suit in the Netherlands which forced the country to act on their environmental protection goals. Though the suit was dismissed, there is the opportunity for an appeal.

News article – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German)

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