Portuguese Youth Court Case Hits First Funding Milestone [Crowdfunding]
A group of seven children in Portugal has finished raising an initial €20,000 to fight a climate change lawsuit through the European Court of Human Rights.
The funding drive, coordinated by the Global Legal Action Network, is now pushing toward a stretch goal of €100,000.
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“What worries me the most about climate change is the rise in temperatures, which has contributed to the number of fires taking place in our country,” said 18-year-old Cláudia, one of seven litigants aged 5 to 18 who plan to sue multiple governments for faster climate action. “Older generations should invest in controlling more effectively the amount of dangerous gases that are released into the atmosphere.”
“We will be arguing that the court must base its conclusions as to the extent of the emissions cuts which each state we sue must make on the available climate change science,” added GLAN legal officer Gerry Liston.
Surnames of the seven youth applicants—Mariana (5), Leonor (8), André (9), Simão (11), Sofia (12), Martim (14), and Cláudia (18)—have not yet been made public.