A group of French lavender farmers and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden are stating the EU is failing to adequately protect them against climate change and now they’re taking legal action. Lawyers are pursuing the case in the Luxembourg-based general court, which is Europe’s second highest court, according to The @Guardian. These families explained that despite the EU’s target of a 40% emissions reduction by 2030, there are current conditions that violate their basic human rights of “life, health, occupation and property.” The Lawyers are asking to keep the current laws in place until better, stronger regulations can replace them.
One farmer decided to take legal action after almost half of his harvest was lost in 6 years due to climate change. “My family has been farming here since the 1800s,” says Maurice Feschet, a 72 lavender farmer from Grignan, Provence. “I am taking this action for my 38-year-old son who lives on the farm. We want him to continue to be able to farm, but it is not going to be easy. There must be more done.”
The Swedish indigenous participants state that their traditional way of life, herding reindeer as their families have done for many years, is at great risk. The children in their community fear their culture will be lost as they “cannot see a future,” due to the current effects of climate change.
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