Stop locking young people out of legal process in climate cases, say experts
(The Guardian, 26 Oct 2023) Children are particularly vulnerable to climate crisis yet have little say politically or legally in most of world.
Young climate activists should be able to fully take part in legal cases that affect them, say campaigners.
As governments and organisations around the world submit formal comments on climate breakdown to the world’s top courts, experts have condemned children’s inability to fully participate in the legal process in almost all jurisdictions.
Young people are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. At least 43 million child displacements were linked to extreme weather events over the past six years.
Even for those not on the frontlines, the issue is a widespread cause of chronic anxiety. Britain’s most senior paediatrician recently said the climate crisis posed an “existential risk” to the health and wellbeing of all children.