GER­MAN FARM­ERS SUE GOVT OVER MISSED CLI­MATE TAR­GETS

Manila Times - - World -

VETSCHAU, Ger­many: Dis­mayed by the Ger­man gov­ern­ment’s fail­ure to meet cli­mate pro­tec­tion tar­gets, dairy farmer Heiner Luetke Sch­wien­horst has filed a law­suit against Ber­lin to force it into ac­tion. “Some de­scribe this as a fight be­tween David and Go­liath. To me, that’s be­sides the point,” said Sch­wien­horst, who suf­fered his poor­est har­vest in three decades af­ter a record drought. “The at­ti­tude of political rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the way they triv­i­alise cli­mate tar­gets by giv­ing up what they have set, is some­thing that we need to bring to political ac­count­abil­ity. That is im­por­tant,” he told AFP. To­gether with two other farm­ers and Green­peace, Sch­wien­horst has launched a chal­lenge against the Ger­man gov­ern­ment for hav­ing “given up” try­ing to achieve cuts in green­house gas emis­sions set out un­der its own cli­mate tar­get, as well as un­der Euro­pean law. A dairy farmer near Ham­burg and a live­stock farmer on the North Sea is­land of Pell­worm have joined the first such law­suit to seek “cli­mate pro­tec­tion, not mone­tary com­pen­sa­tion.”

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