Environment campaigners in Italy are suing the government for failing to sufficiently tackle the climate crisis in what is the first legal action of its kind in the country.
The 203 plaintiffs will submit their lawsuit to Rome’s civil court on Saturday. They want the court to order the government, led by the prime minister, Mario Draghi, to adopt more ambitious climate change policies as well as significantly increase its carbon emissions reduction target.
“We are asking the court to recognise that the Italian government is not complying with respect to its obligation to protect the population from climatic change,” said Marica Di Pierri, a spokesperson for the environmental organisation A Sud, and its affiliated Giudizio Universale (Last Judgment) campaign. “We also want the court to order Italy to set an emissions-reduction target for 2030 that is three times what it is today.”
In 2019, Italy set itself a 33% target for carbon emissions reduction by 2030.
The plaintiffs, among them environmental associations, Italian citizens, foreign residents and young activists with the Italy wing of the Fridays for Future activist group, argue that successive governments have failed to seriously address the climate crisis despite the country being vulnerable to extreme weather events.
There is no evidence of a “climate crisis.” Every prediction the climate hoaxers have pushed has turned out to be wrong. They’ve been pushing this stuff for nearly 100 years.
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