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An article from CDURABLE (translation by CPNN)
Two years after this incredible mobilization [March of the Century – See CPNN March 17, 2019], justice has just recognized that the state’s climate inaction is illegal and that it is a fault under its responsibility.
Four associations, Notre Affaire à Tous, the Foundation for Nature and Humanity, Greenpeace France and Oxfam France decided, in the name of the general interest, to take the French state to court so that it respects its commitments climate and protects our lives, our territories and our rights. This is the Affair of the Century.
Video, Historic Victory for the Climate
This is a historic victory for the climate! And this victory is thanks to you, thanks to the 2.3 million people who support the Affair of the Century.
The Paris administrative court issued its long-awaited judgment in the Affair of the Century on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. After two years of mobilization and twists and turns, the courts recognize the responsibility of the French state in the climate crisis!
It is a historic day, especially at this time when opportunities for rejoicing are so rare. The state is held responsible for ecological damage, and its failure to meet its commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is now illegal!
With this judgment, as of now, direct victims of climate change in France will be able to claim compensation. The state can therefore expect to face unprecedented pressure to finally act against climate change.
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However, the story of the Affair of the Century is not yet over. The court must now decide whether to order the state to take further steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and meet its climate commitments. A new hearing will take place in the spring.
Until then, we will file new arguments to demonstrate that the actions planned by the state are insufficient and that justice must force the state to fight effectively and concretely against climate change! The state can also appeal these decisions. And that does not prevent us from already celebrating this decisive step for climate justice!
With this extraordinary judgment, as of today, direct victims of climate change in France will be able to seek redress from France. The state will therefore face unprecedented pressure to finally act against climate change.
And now ?
The legal process is not over. The court must now decide whether to order the state to take further action to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and meet its climate commitments. A new hearing will take place in the spring. Until then, we will submit new arguments to demonstrate that the planned actions are insufficient and that justice must force the state to effectively and concretely fight against climate change! The state can also appeal against these decisions.
How can you act?
Share the video of this historic victory with your loved ones, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, send them this email … Together, today, we have achieved a crucial victory in the face of the climate emergency. But it is not over, the mobilization must continue to force the state to act.
Thank you for your commitment to climate justice,
Clotilde, Cécile, Jean-François Cécile.