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‘We have a responsibility’: the older women suing Switzerland to demand climate action

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🗞️ Driving the news: Switzerland's KlimaSeniorinnen, a group of senior women, mostly in their 70s, are suing the Swiss government for inadequate climate policies 
They argue that these policies violate their human rights, given the increasing risks of heatwaves, particularly for older women

🔭 The context: The KlimaSeniorinnen, with 2,400 members, focus on the disproportionate impact of climate change on older women 
Despite living in a wealthy country, they are determined to advocate for a livable future for younger generations, challenging government actions in Europe's top court

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This lawsuit highlights the broader issue of climate vulnerability among the elderly, especially women 
It underscores the need for inclusive climate policies that consider demographic differences in climate impact, emphasizing the global urgency of addressing climate change

⏭️ What's next: The case, now before the European Court of Human Rights, could set a precedent for climate litigation 
The outcome may influence government actions across Europe and contribute to developing stronger, more effective climate policies

💬 One quote: “Our generation has done so much to destroy the climate. We have a responsibility” (Pia Hollenstein, a member of the KlimaSeniorinnen)

📈 One stat: Heatwaves in Europe last year caused an estimated 70,000 additional deaths, highlighting the severe impact of extreme weather exacerbated by climate change


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