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Older women are suing Switzerland to demand climate action

The women, mostly in their 70s, strode up the mountain with dogged grace. Clacking their hiking poles against sun-cooked rocks, they set sure feet on shaky stones and held hands to cross slippery streams. They knew the heat and strain were a threat to their health – they were perhaps uniquely aware of the risks – but they did not plan to let it limit their lives. Switzerland’s KlimaSeniorinnen, or senior climate women, are not who most people think of when they talk about those on the frontlines of the climate crisis. The 2,400 members of the group live in one of the richest countries on Earth. Due to their age – the youngest is 64 – they will witness just a fraction of the extreme weather that their generation’s children and grandchildren will see.But these retirees are among those fighting hardest for a livable future. The women are suing the Swiss government in Europe’s top court for violating their human rights with policies that do too little to stop the planet from baking. Their case, which could send shock waves through courts across the continent, rests on two simple facts. Heatwaves are getting hotter as people burn fossil fuels. And women, particularly older ones, are more likely to die when temperatures soar. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/27/we-have-a-responsibility-the-older-women-suing-switzerland-to-demand-climate-action

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  • George Kariuki

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    This lawsuit is likely to be a lengthy and complex process. Sustaining public awareness and support throughout the legal battle will be key.

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    • Joseph Githinji

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      Glad to see the senior citizens stand for climate justice. Swiss government must be compelled to change for the better.

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      • Edwin wangombe

        16 w

        this is the way to go and the government should see the seriousness of the matter and take action

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        • Joseph Githinji

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          @edwin_wangombe the government must listen to the cry of the people and save the planet.

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        • johnte ndeto

          16 w

          The elderly having been around for so long have a sober understanding of the changes climate has gone through and thus should be heard

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          • Joseph Githinji

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            @johnte_ndeto their knowledge must not be ignored, their voices matters.

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          • Rotich Kim

            16 w

            This show clearly how the government have neglected it function in provide good policies that protect our environment and climate

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            • Princess

              16 w

              It's disheartening that older women feel compelled to sue Switzerland for climate action.

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              • Jane Wangui

                16 w

                @princess_nel_268 It is about time Switzerland acts.The government should listen to the voice of reason.

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                • Joseph Githinji

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                  @jane_wangui the government must be ashamed for neglecting the duty to protect the people by safeguarding the environment.

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                • walter lungayi

                  16 w

                  It's inspiring to see older women taking a stand and demanding climate action. Climate change affects all generations, and it's important for people of all ages to advocate for a sustainable future.

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                  • Princess

                    16 w

                    @walter_lungayi Climate change is indeed a shared concern across generation.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      16 w

                      @walter_lungayi the government must listen to this voice of reason and act accordingly.

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                    • Gorffly mokua

                      16 w

                      Government's lack of action will violates human rights! Climate justice should be served!

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                      • Elizabeth Gathigia

                        16 w

                        @gorffly_mokua I agree with you

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                        • Princess

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                          @gorffly_mokua It's alarming that the government's inaction on climate issues is seen as a violation of human rights.

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                          • winnie nguru

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                            @gorffly_mokua climate justice should be served without any form of discrimination of age or gender

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