France’s trial of the century is a big victory for greens4 min read 18 Mar 2021, 10:50 PM IST
The Paris Administrative Court’s decision that held the French government guilty of failure to implement its climate change commitments has set an inspiring precedent for climate justice.
Globally, courts hauling up governments for violating their legal obligations to stall global warming will encourage activists to seek judicial intervention and administrations to take action.
In June 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron solemnly pledged, in his unmistakable French accent, to “make our planet great again". Four years later, the story has not unfolded quite the way it was expected to. On 3 February 2021, the French state was found guilty by the Paris Administrative Court of “illegal climate inaction" for failing to take sufficient measures to curb emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), thus falling short of a trajectory that would keep global warming below 1.5 degrees by the end of the century.