In dismissing the youth climate case, the court acknowledged that climate change is serious, but not serious enough to reconsider the reach of the constitution.
Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
A ground-breaking court case in the Netherlands could influence the way Canadian courts rule on the government’s actions on climate change.
In a landmark case in the Netherlands, the courts have ordered the government to cut carbon emissions. A similar strategy would be difficult in Australia, but other legal options could bring change.
Two recent legal cases in Canada help explain the evolution of climate activism here and around the rest of the world.