After a three-year procedural dispute—centering on whether to conduct litigation in Dutch or French—the Belgian “Court of Cassation” (“Cour de cassation” in French, “Hof de Cassatie” in Dutch) ruled in early-2018 that the case will proceed in French. In the meantime, the number of named plaintiffs in the case has grown via an online petition mechanism from 11 to over 35,000. The case is expected to be heard later in 2018 and Our Children’s Trust looks forward to supporting the team behind Klimatzaak / L’Affaire Climat in seeking science-based emissions reduction targets from the Belgian government defendants.
The Belgian nonprofit organization Klimaatzaak / L'Affaire Climat (Climate Case Belgium) initiated a climate change lawsuit against the governments of Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels, and the Belgian federal government demanding all measures necessary to ensure that Belgium makes the contribution needed to prevent a warming of the earth that is dangerous to humanity.
Although Belgium is at the forefront of setting ambitious climate targets, the lawsuit asks the Belgian government to back up their words with actions, and to accelerate the transition to a prosperous, fossil-free society, so that future generations of Belgians will be able to live in safety and prosperity.
Our Children's Trust partner and Belgian engineer and entrepreneur Serge de Gheldere is a co-founder of Klimaatzaak. He is also the founder and CEO of Futureproofed. Equal Partners from Brussels is one of their main attorneys.
Read the joint blog post describing the Belgian case by Roger Cox, Julia Olson, and Serge de Gheldere, Judges Can Save Us From Climate Change, And They've Already Started.