Dutch citizens take own Country to court over Climate Change lawsuit

26 February 2015

 

This is the first time that a national government has been taken to with regard to climate change — as well as this is the first time that a group of citizens in Europe have made an attempt to hold its government legally responsible for inefficient climate norms.

As it stands, the European Union has verbally promised to cut emissions 40% by the year 2030, but no concrete commitments were made by the Netherlands. The aim of the case is to pressure the government of the Netherlands to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25–40% by the year 2020. The attainment of these figures would put the country in accordance with the safety guidelines outlined by the IPCC.

But having said all this, is it the government alone or the citizens who need to take the initiatives to curb pollution? Because reducing carbon dioxide emission will require major changes to most common and ultra-modern lifestyles and are the people of Netherlands ready for that? Because walking, bicycling and turning to the renewable source of energy is not going to fulfill or support the modern lifestyle requirements.

So for an effective action plan, the Dutch will have to rearrange resources on an individual level and that might mean going back to using their windmills!