12 Months, 1 Question: December 2020


The law is one of the most important instruments at our disposal in the fight against climate change. One of the possible ways to address the issue is by using Europe’s unparalleled system for protecting human rights to help tackle environmental problems.

In December we will have a closer look to the legal actions on environmental issues that were examined by the Courts around the globe and discuss how law can oblige governments, public and private sectors to make sufficient steps towards carbon reduction, renewable energy, reforestation and other steps that are necessary for greener future.

 Teaser of December 2020

 Cartoon of the Month

by Cartooning for Peace  - Cristina (Portugal) - December 2020

 December's Forum talk

Monday, 14 December 2020 at 14:30 – 16:00 (CET)

Bringing climate justice to life: Cases from Australia, Portugal, France and Norway

The Forum Talk will bring together citizens, organisations and environmental advocacy groups to discuss challenging environmental policies (or lack thereof) of governments in court.

The general discussion on resorting to strategic litigation as a tool to fight climate change will be followed by concrete examples of ongoing law suits worldwide. In particular, it will focus on cases from Australia, Portugal, Norway and France where individuals or organisations brought legal complaints against governments before the courts.

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 Life and well-being on our planet is contingent on humanity’s collective capacity to guarantee both human rights and a healthy environment to future generations. 

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers’ declaration, 27 February 2020


Luisa Ragher, Head of Human Rights Division - European External Action Service

Fabiana Alves, Climate and Justice Coordinator, Greenpeace Brasil

Rik Daems, President of the Assembly of the Council of Europe

Natalia Kobylarz, European Court of Human Rights

other Videos on the subject:

Using human rights to fight climate change

What is the relationship between the environment and the protection of human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights?

Conference "Human Rights for the Planet"