Trying to make progress in the fight against climate change is not limited to the political arena. An increasingly important avenue to pursue that fight is through the courts. Last month, the victory of the civilian-led climate case Urgenda against the government of the Netherlands in the appeal court of The Hague set a historical precedent in that regard. The judge upheld the 2015 court decision that forces the Dutch government to reduce The Netherlands’ greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 25% on 1990 levels by the year 2020. This victory will provide a great boost to the many organizations around the world that were inspired by the original case to bring a case of their own to the courts, like the Belgian non-profit Klimaatzaak. This week’s article discusses the implications of the Urgenda appeal verdict for those cases. “Never before has the role of the courts been so significant in influencing the path of global policy. In the face of inadequately ambitious action by policy-makers, civil society movements and the courts are the agents of change securing climate action.”

The Conversation: “Courts can play a pivotal role in combatting climate change”

°Tracker – Courts can play a pivotal role in combating climate change