Young Columbians file lawsuit against the government for failing to stem rising deforestation

Life & Soul Magazine

A wave of young people filing lawsuits against governments for not doing enough to protect the planet from the likes of deforestation and climate change is rising.

In the latest move, a group of young Colombians, one as young as seven, filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government at a Bogota court yesterday. The group allege the government’s failure to stem rising deforestation in Colombia puts their future in jeopardy and violates their constitutional rights to a healthy environment, life, food and water.

In a joint statement, the 25 plaintiffs, whose ages range from seven to 26, said: “Deforestation is threatening the fundamental rights of those of us who are young today and will face the impacts of climate change the rest of our lives.

“We are at a critical moment given the speed at which deforestation is happening in the Colombian Amazon. The government’s lack of capacity and planning as well as its…

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