"Elderly Swiss Women Bring European Court's First Climate Case"

"STRASBOURG - Thousands of elderly Swiss women have joined forces in a groundbreaking case heard on Wednesday at the European Court of Human Rights, arguing that their government's "woefully inadequate" efforts to fight global warming violate their human rights.

The first climate change case at the Strasbourg court has been brought by a group of Swiss female pensioners who claim that their country's inaction in the face of rising temperatures puts them at risk of dying during heatwaves.

The hearing in the court's top bench, the Grand Chamber, will be followed by two others and would set an important precedent since the women's' lawyers are seeking an ambitious ruling that could force Bern to cut carbon dioxide emissions much faster than planned."

Emma Farge reports for Reuters March 29, 2023.

Source: Reuters, 03/30/2023