Swiss Supreme Court rejected an appeal on Wednesday by Senior Women for Climate Protection, found that it was too early to claim violations of fundamental rights based on climate change.
The Senior Woman for Climate Protection alleged that the Swiss government failed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in a manner consistent with the objectives of the Paris Agreement to maintain global warming well below 2ºC. The women further alleged that their demographic group would suffer a heat wave caused by climate change.
Based on these allegations, the women claimed that through their inaction, the Swiss government violated article 10 (the right to life), 73 (the principle of sustainability), and 74 (the precautionary principle of the Swiss Constitution, as well as articles 2 and 8 of the European Convention on the Rights Human Rights.
The Swiss Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that citizens cannot claim violations of fundamental rights based on the government’s failure to adequately address climate change until global warming occurs at 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. Many climate activists worry that if this level of warming occurs, it is too late to prevent the destruction of many ecosystems and the lives of many people who are vulnerable to climate change.
Because of their refusal of appeal, Senior Women for Climate Protection now remembering bring their claims to the European Court of Human Rights.
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