More and more young people are insisting on their day in court. The justice they seek is for a decent planet to call home before it’s too late. On October 4 six Portuguese natives ages 11-24 will be appearing before the European Court of Human Rights. They are denouncing governments for failing to address climate change and therefore violating their human rights.
Their claim is against 32 European governments. The claimants feel enslaved by the climate and are unable to concentrate, sleep, or even exercise outside with the heat waves unfurl on them at an intensified rate over time. There is a psychological and physical price that the youth pay for climate extremes and these six are demanding accountability. Their victory could force those governments to make the changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.