In Switzerland, Senior Women have formed an association – the KlimaSeniorinnen – to take their state to court for doing too little to prevent climate change.
After exhausting all national options, they applied to the European Court of Human Rights, whose 17-Judge Grand Chamber will hear its first-ever climate case on 29 March 2023. The Senior Women say Switzerland must do its share to keep global heating below 1.5ºC. They call the ECtHR for protection of their human rights in the context of climate change. The decision by the ECtHR will ultimately be a legal precedent establishing States’ human rights obligations in the context of climate change. This judgment will create a worldwide impact.
The KlimaSeniorinnen case will be the first climate change case the European Court of Human Rights has ever examined! The Court will determine if states have duties to mitigate the climate crisis in order to safeguard human rights. Together with two other cases, the court will define its role regarding the biggest threat to human rights. The Court’s human rights rulings are legally binding, with a massive impact on the potential to protect present and future generations from further climate destruction. These women are literally changing the world!