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Greta Thunberg joins lawsuit against Swedish government over alleged ‘inadequate’ climate policy

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Climate activist Greta Thunberg Hundreds of young people have joined plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Swedish government, accusing the country of inaction on the issue of climate change.

The case joins 19-year-old Thunberg, more than 600 others who claim Sweden’s climate policies violate the constitution, along with the European Convention on Human Rights. Bloomberg reported.

“The Swedish state has failed to fulfill the constitutional requirement to promote sustainable development for a better environment for present and future generations,” the group organizing the case said in a statement.

Thunberg posted on Twitter that Black Friday was the “perfect day” to sue states for “inadequate climate policy.”

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends the

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg attends the “Europe Climate Strike” rally in Brussels, Belgium.
(Reuters/Johanna Geron)

“Today, Black Friday, is the perfect day to sue the state for its inadequate climate policies. So we did,” Thunberg, one of the world’s most recognized climate activists, said.

“See you in court,” he added.

Another activist, Ida Edling, said that Sweden is “following it Weather policy The research is very clear that will contribute to future climate disasters.”

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Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, attends a climate rally in Vancouver, British Columbia

Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg, attends a climate rally in Vancouver, British Columbia
(The Canadian Press via Melissa Renwick/AP)

Sweden’s parliament decided in 2017 that by 2045 Scandinavian countries Zero net emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and 100% renewable energy.

Still, activists in Sweden say the country should do more.

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Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson speaks at a digital press conference

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson speaks at a digital press conference
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“The Swedish state has never treated the climate crisis as a crisis, and the new government has clearly indicated that they will not either,” said Anton Foley, a 20-year-old plaintiff in the case. statement

Climate campaigners have launched numerous lawsuits against governments and companies in recent years with mixed success.

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In one of the most high-profile cases, Germany’s top court ruled last year that the government must adjust its climate targets to avoid unduly burdening young people. The German Govt responded by putting forward a goal of “net zero” emissions within five years to 2045 and setting out more ambitious near- to medium-term measures to achieve that goal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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