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09/02/2018

Colombia citizens file first ever climate change litigation in Latin America

They are asking their government to fulfill its own commitments against global warming.

Flooded street in Honda, Colombia, 2008

Twenty-five children and young citizens of Colombia between the ages of seven and 26 on Monday filed the first ever climate change litigation in Latin America.

The plaintiffs demand that the president of Colombia come together with the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, the National Parks and regional autonomous corporations, and the mayors and governments of the Amazon to stop the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest.

Specifically, the lawsuit demands that the government submit "a plan of action to reduce the rate of deforestation in the Colombian Amazon to zero by the year 2020," in line with the promise made by President Juan Manuel Santos at the 2015 Climate Summit in Paris, and include young individuals in the decision-making process concerning this matter.

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Photo Credit: AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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