The Netherlands‘ Supreme Court delivered a victory for climate justice in December 2019 when it ruled the government must cut greenhouse gas emissions. The court ruled against an appeal that the government must cut emissions by 25% by the end of 2020.

Activists cheered as the judge ruled. The organization that filed the original case, Urgenda, called the ruling, “a groundbreaking decision that confirms that individual governments must do their fair share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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Director Marjan Minnesma told the Associated Press, “I am extremely happy that the highest court in the Netherlands has confirmed that climate change is a real, severe problem and that government should do what they themselves have declared for more than 10 years is necessary, namely between 25 percent and 40 percent reduction of CO2.”

The ruling called for the Dutch government to act to cut emissions, “on account of the risk of dangerous climate change that could also have a serious impact on the rights to life and well-being of residents of the Netherlands.”  Because governments have specific duties and responsibilities toward citizens, they make better plaintiffs than corporations in these types of cases.

According to WBUR, legal counsel for Urgenda, Dennis van Berkel, said that the government might have to close coal power plants to hit the emissions’ targets. van Berkel said the transition to renewable energy now has some urgency because of the ruling.

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Read more One Green Planet articles on climate change cases including the kids bringing a case in Alaska and Greta Thunberg’s landmark climate lawsuit against multiple countries.The United Nation recently released a report warning countries about the dangers of climate change.

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