NORWAY

Photo: Martin de Lusenet

Photo: Martin de Lusenet

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Our Children's Trust staff attorneys are currently working with partners in Norway to support Norwegian youth and grandparents in enforcing the government's constitutional obligations and securing science-based climate policies in Norway. 

LEGAL UPDATES

January 19, 2016

OCT executive director, Julia Olson gave an address at the Climate Festival Norwegian activists, lawyers, judge, and other members of civil society in support of enforcing Article 112 of the Norwegian Constitution. 

May 13, 2014

The Norwegian Parliament amended the Constitution, emphasizing the affirmative duty of the government to protect the constitutional, public trust rights of young people and future generations to a livable climate and environment. Article 112 of the Constitution (formerly Article 110b) states:

"Every person has a right to an environment that is conducive to health and to a natural environment whose productivity and diversity are maintained.
Natural resources should be managed on the basis of comprehensive long-term considerations whereby this right will be safeguarded for future generations as well.
In order to safeguard their right in accordance with the foregoing paragraph, citizens are entitled to information on the state of the natural environment and on the effects of any encroachment on nature that is planned or carried out.
The authorities of the State shall issue specific provisions for the implementation of these principles."

Our Children’s Trust and partner attorneys from around the world helped inspire the work of a top team of Norwegian legal scholars, lawyers, and activists who accomplished securing public trust principles and climate rights into the constitutional amendment.