Filed in the court of Rome, the appeal was signed by 203 associations and activists for the environment and challenges the government with too timid policies on the climate front
I Italian environmental movements they did cause to State italiano, for failing to pass sufficiently ambitious laws to combat the climate crisis. The initiative was promoted by the campaign Universal judgment, is coordinated by the A Sud association and involves movements such as Fridays for future and other bodies, such as the Italian Meteorological Society and Doctors for the Environment. The lawsuit comes in the wake of the one filed in Germany and that environmental movements have won, forcing the German government to change its climate laws.
The plaintiffs are 203 (24 associations, 17 minors represented by their parents and 162 adults) and presented the case to civil court of Rome during the world day dedicated to the environment, last June 5th. Campaign coordinators contest the Italian government not very courageous climate policies, with a goal of reducing CO emissions2 stopped at 33% by 2030. “The subject of the case is to sue the state for default climatic ” you can read on the campaign website: “That is due to the insufficient commitment to promoting adequate policies for the reduction of emissions climate-altering, which results in the violation of numerous fundamental rights recognized by the Italian state ”.
Environmental associations and activists involved in the campaign argue that Italian governments have not never seriously addressed the climate crisis, despite the country being vulnerable to extreme weather events. According to Climate risk index 2020, published by the German NGO Germanwatch, Italy ranks 22nd in the world for vulnerability climatic and sixth in number of deaths due to extreme climatic events. Furthermore, according to the World atlas of desertification, the 20% of the Italian territory is at risk of desertification and rainfall could be reduced by 20% by the end of the century.
The current government has established a Ministry for Ecological Transition and has allocated 59 of the over 200 billion euros of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr) for the environment. However, activists are not satisfied with the ecological goals outlined and call for more radical interventions.