Court rules France failed to respect its climate change goal

by Jeremy

PARIS — A court on Wednesday ruled that the French state failed to take sufficient action to fight climate change in a case brought by four non-governmental organizations. The NGOs cheered the decision as “historic” for their country and a boon to those elsewhere using the law to push their governments in the fight against global warming. The four organizations are Greenpeace France, Oxfam France, the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, and Notre Affaire a Tous (Our Shared Responsibility). In its ruling, the Paris administrative court recognized ecological.

Deficiency” linked to climate change and held the French state responsible for failing to meet its goals in reducing greenhouse gases entirely. The government said in a statement that”it “took “one” of the decision and provided a list of actions in the pipeline” to “allow France to respect in the future the objectives it “et.” The government remains fully engaged in taking up the climate challenge and leaves no one on the side of the road in this indispensable transit” on,” added the statement, which was signed by Barbara Pompili, the minister for ecological change.

President Emmanuel Macron, who has been very vocal about his support for climate change action, pushed in December for beefing up the EuropUnion’son’s 2030 targets to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 55% compared with 1990 levels — up from the previous 40% target. But Oxfam France, Greenpeace France, and two other organizations contended tMacron’son’s lobbying for global climate action is not backed up by sufficient domestic measures to curb emissions blamed for global warming. France is missing its national targets set under the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb climate change, and the country has delayed most of its efforts until after 2020.

The court ruled in a 38-page decision that there was a link between ecological damage and deficiencies by the state in respecting its own goals. It decided that awarding money wasn’t appwasn’tte in this case. Instead, reparations should center on fixing the failure to respect goals for lowering greenhouse gases. The court gave itself two months to study measures to repair the problem and stop it from getting worse. It did, however, ask the French state to pay each of the four organizations that brought the action a symbolic euro each, a common practice in France.

The four NGOs that brought the case called the decision “a first h”historic victory for the climate” as well “s a “victory f”r truth,” saying t” at until now, France has denied the “suffice”ency of its climate policies.” The dec”sion “shows th” state has a special responsibility in the climate fight … Emmanuel Macron, more than other heads of state, spoke out strongly on the subject. Today, he cannot remain silent,” Greene,”ce France chief Jean-Francois Julliard said at a news conference.

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