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“People and Arctic Oil”: Activists target Norway in European Court of Human Rights | Climate Change News

Climate change activists filed a lawsuit against Oslo over plans for more oil drilling in the Arctic.

Norwegian climate activists said on Tuesday that Norwegian climate activists have asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to rule against Norway’s plans for more oil drilling in the Arctic, saying that the country’s exploration deprives young people of the future.

This lawsuit was initiated by 6 people between the ages of 20 and 27, as well as Greenpeace and Friends of Earth Youth. It is part of a new global legal branch where the plaintiff can appeal to the courts in order to curb climate change. Defense of emissions.

In the Netherlands, a court recently ordered Shell to reduce emissions in a lawsuit filed by citizens who believed that the Anglo-Dutch oil company violated their human rights.

“Environmentalists believe that Norway violates basic human rights by allowing new oil drilling during the climate crisis,” the activists said in a statement, and they appealed to the European Court of Human Rights.

The announcement comes as the government-controlled oil company Equinor announced on Tuesday that it will accelerate investment in renewable energy while continuing to increase oil production in the next five years.

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy declined to comment on the lawsuit.

However, three Norwegian courts have previously made rulings in favor of the government, including the Supreme Court ruling in December last year, thus exhausting domestic legal options.

“We must act now to limit the irreversible damage to our climate and ecosystems to ensure the livelihoods of future generations,” said 23-year-old Ella Marie Haetta Isaksen She is one of the activists asking the European Court of Human Rights to deal with the Norwegian case.

Lasse Eriksen Bjoern, a 24-year-old activist from the indigenous Sami people of northern Norway, said that climate change has endangered a way of life.

“Sami culture is closely related to the use of nature, and fisheries are indispensable… The threat to our oceans is a threat to our people,” he said.

ECHR rules require applicants to be directly affected by individuals suspected of violations, and their judgments are binding on the relevant countries.

The court must now decide whether this case, which the activists call “People and Arctic Oil,” is admissible.

Norway is the largest oil and gas producer in Western Europe, with a daily output of about 4 million barrels of oil equivalent, and last week said it plans to continue its current oil policy.

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