Thunberg and activists are suing Sweden for climate policy
Image: Twitter / Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg has marched through Stockholm together with other climate activists who are threatening to sue Sweden for lack of climate action.
More than 600 activists have signed a document that has been submitted to the Stockholm District Court, which is in practice a lawsuit.
Their claim is that the Scandinavian country has violated its citizens’ rights with an inadequate climate policy.
Aurora, a youth-led climate initiative, prepared the trial, with spokesman Anton Foley saying: “Sweden has never treated the climate crisis as a crisis. Sweden fails in its responsibility and breaks the law.”
Sweden has committed to achieving net zero by 2045 – but the activists emphasize that this is not enough.
This is not the first time climate campaigners have tried to sue governments – Germany faced a similar situation last year and was ordered by a court to delay its net zero goal by five years.
The reasoning behind the ruling was that its less ambitious policies were a “burden” on the nation’s youth.
The Swedish government declined to comment on the lawsuit.
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