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Green group threatens government with court over climate change

Thursday 15 November 2012

A pressure group is threatening to take the Dutch government to court unless it starts acting seriously to prevent climate change, Britain's Guardian newspaper reports.

‘The Dutch political debate is about headscarves, mortgage tax relief, spending power and pensions instead of the biggest challenge mankind is facing,' the Urgenda pressure group said in a letter this week.

The group says legal action will follow unless the government signs a statement pledging it will do what it has already promised to do in Kyoto and Cancun: cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020. The government has been given a month to react.

In the letter, Urgenda says the government is doing far too little to promote the transition to alternative, sustainable energy sources. Climate change as a result of CO2 emissions, which are still rising in the Netherlands, will put the country in real danger, Uganda warns.

In addition, the cost of having to protect a country that lies below sea level from the storms and heavier rainfalls will far exceed any efforts to comply with the agreed climate commitments.

Urgenda director Marjan Minnema told the Guardian she hopes other countries will follow her example and sue their governments for non-compliance: ‘We definitely want to give a strong example to other countries. We believe we can take this to the courts and we would like organisations in other countries to look at what we are doing and consider it for themselves.’


Is Urgenda right? Have your say using the comment box below.

© DutchNews.nl



 

Readers' Comments

Raising the speed limit recently to 130 kph will certainly not help to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020.

By Cal | 15 November 2012 4:26 PM

How on earth (Pun intended) can anyone put a stop to climate change? HAARP? :(
Our climate has been changing for billions of years!
Does anybody seriously think that by demanding a country to pay a large fine will help in any way?

Whatever we do now will be noticeable in about 700 years time.

The whole climate change hype is built around making money, wake up or stop breathing!?

PS: what's wrong with harvesting bananas on your balcony?

(One solution: stop the deliberate planned obsolescence manufacturing of goods, nobody needs to be that stinking rich, do they?)

By The visitor | 15 November 2012 5:03 PM

So this group avoids the political process and wants unelected judges to act as parliamentarians? Judges who are not unanswerable to the electorate?

Beware of such groups.

More, action groups can set their hair on fire over the so-called global warming caper. Ice may deplete on the North Pole but the pack is growing on the South Pole (Antarctica). Common sense people know there are seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. These vary from region to region in length and averages, and fluctuate from year to year. The course of the sun and the moon are remarkably constant in relation to the earth. An accident? To believe that tale takes a lot of faith. Just convince the judges.

By Albert Kuyerhuis | 15 November 2012 5:47 PM

This again? Statistics show that this is one of the coldest interglacials known.

What does this mean? Well, of course the Earth's population's adding to the greenhouse gas effect. I'm not going to deny that. BUT: Earth itself is contributing way, way more. What the entire Earth's population's adding is absolutely negligible.

It's still a good thing to reduce our own effect despite that, of course (it's abnormal - it's actually normal for the Earth if we'd increase it - but for us it's best as it is now). But it should be by no means a priority. Right now, we have other things to tend to. It can wait until economic times are as normal again.

By Someone | 15 November 2012 5:49 PM

How on earth (Pun intended) can anyone put a stop to climate change? HAARP? :(
Our climate has been changing for billions of years!
Does anybody seriously think that by demanding a country to pay a large fine will help in any way?

Whatever we do now will be noticeable in about 700 years time.

The whole climate change hype is built around making money, wake up or stop breathing!?

PS: what's wrong with harvesting bananas on your balcony?

(One solution: stop the deliberate planned obsolescence manufacturing of goods, nobody needs to be that stinking rich, do they?)

By The visitor | 15 November 2012 7:03 PM

How on earth (Pun intended) can anyone put a stop to climate change? HAARP? :(
Our climate has been changing for billions of years!
Does anybody seriously think that by demanding a country to pay a large fine will help in any way?

Whatever we do now will be noticeable in about 700 years time.

The whole climate change hype is built around making money, wake up or stop breathing!?

PS: what's wrong with harvesting bananas on your balcony?

(One solution: stop the deliberate planned obsolescence manufacturing of goods, nobody needs to be that stinking rich, do they?)

By The visitor | 15 November 2012 7:06 PM

As a supposedly EU nation, why are some countries doing so much better concerning alternative energies. Why can't we pull together on this? See article below.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/how_germany_is_getting_to_100_percent_renewable_energy_20121115/

By Al | 15 November 2012 8:48 PM

I think polution a big issue in the netherlands, especially the high emissions being recorded by the large companies.

By Concerned | 16 November 2012 6:33 AM

@al, at the moment the Germans are building 26 new coal plants. Apart of course from the numerous old ones already in use. While Germany is top in the world when it comes to solar and wind energy, they are also top in Europe when it comes to burning coal and lignite.

By pepe | 16 November 2012 9:46 AM

Sorry for the repeats, sandwich crumbs in the keyboard again.

By The visitor | 16 November 2012 12:47 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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