Because Paris Deal Not Nearly Enough, European Climate Kids File Suit

September 26, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Seven children in Portugal have hit their crowdfunding target for a lawsuit they are mounting against are 47 member nations of the Council of Europe—which they say are not doing enough to fight climate change.

The children initially hoped to raise £20,000 (about $26,000)—a goal they reached Thursday after less than a month of crowdfunding. They’re now hoping to raise a total of £100,000.

The young plaintiffs are being represented by the Global Legal Action Network and are from the Leiria region of Portugal, where forest fires killed 62 people over the summer. Near the country’s northern border, more fires have also killed at least 44 people in Portugal and Spain over the past week.

The nations named in the lawsuit are responsible for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. While they are all signers of the Paris climate agreement and as such have committed to cut their emissions in order to prevent the global temperature from rising more than two degrees Celsius, the children argue that they’re not doing enough.

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