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More than 600 young people, including climate activist Greta Thunberg, sued Swedish authorities on Friday over inadequate measures to deal with climate problems, a first for the Scandinavian kingdom.

“There has never been a legal case before a Swedish court on climate issues of this scale,” Ida Edling, a member of the Aurora Commission who brought the case, told AFP.

The committee said the complaint, symbolically filed during a demonstration in the Swedish capital, had already been sent digitally to the court in Stockholm on Friday. The allegation was drafted nearly two years ago and coincides with harsh criticism of Sweden’s right-wing government for its interest in climate issues.

In 2020, six young Portuguese people sued Sweden and 32 other countries at the European Court of Human Rights for failing to act to combat global warming.

“If we win, it will be decided that the Swedish state is obligated to contribute to the global measures needed to maintain the 1.5°C target,” explained Edding.

In recent years, more and more organizations and citizens have turned to the court system to challenge what they see as the government’s lack of response to climate problems.

In a historic case, the Dutch Supreme Court ordered the government in December 2019 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by the end of 2020.

In France, in a similar case, called “the cause of the century”, more than two million citizens demanded recognition of the state’s failure to fight global warming.

Source: EuroNews

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