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Belgian farmer takes TotalEnergies to court over its role for climate change in country's first

In a groundbreaking move, Belgium has seen its first-ever climate action lawsuit against a multinational corporation, TotalEnergies. The case, initiated by Hugues Falys, a cattle farmer from the Hainaut province, highlights the devastating impacts of climate change on individuals and communities and seeks accountability from one of the world's leading fossil fuel giants.
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Hugues Falys, an advocate for agroecological practices, has experienced firsthand the repercussions of climate change on his farm. Speaking about his decision to take legal action, Falys talked about the tangible toll climate change has taken on his livelihood, including yield losses, increased workload, and the uncertainty it has brought to the agricultural sector.
"The Farmer Case", supported by three Belgian NGOs - FIAN, Greenpeace, and the Ligue des droits humains (LDH) - aims not only to seek redress for the damages suffered by Falys but also to hold TotalEnergies accountable for its contribution to climate change. Central to the case is the demand for TotalEnergies to align its operations with the targets outlined in the Paris Agreement, including significant reductions in fossil fuel production and investments in renewable energy.
The case asks the court to request TotalEnergies to implement a credible transition plan, which includes a halt to new investments in fossil fuel projects, a 47% reduction in gas and oil production by 2030, and a more stringent 75% reduction by 2040.
Fossil fuel giant TotalEnergies has faced criticism for its failure to adequately address climate change despite being aware of its impacts for decades. Matthias Petel, President of the Environmental Justice Commission at the LDH, stressed the importance of court decisions in securing justice for the victims of climate change and ensuring a just transition for future generations. This landmark lawsuit and its outcome have the potential to set a precedent for future climate litigation and drive meaningful action towards climate justice.





https://www.reuters.com/sustainability/climate-energy/belgian-farmer-takes-totalenergies-court-seeking-climate-damages-2024-03-13/





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  • Boniface Kuria

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    Another David vs Goliath case. Its always inspiring to see people taking on giant corporations. Lets support the farmer.

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    • winnie nguru

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      They should definitely be held accountable for the damages caused. They need to take ownership and compensate affected parties

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      • Rashid Kamau

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        It's more clear than ever that Total must be held accountable to pay for the harm it has caused.

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        • Johannes Luiga

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          Very important that our farmers can get support and help to continue to produce our food. An important milestone that the fossil fuel companies causing the problem will pay for the consequences

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          • George Kariuki

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            We need polluters to pay and transition to clean energy! The time for inaction is over. The court should force TotalEnergies to align with the Paris Agreement and invest in renewables!

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            • Esther Wanjiku

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              What a selfless fella! Indeed these huge oil corporations and states must answer for their atrocities before a court of law.

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              • We Don't Have Time

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                • mary Mwihaki

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                  This is great everyone has arole to play in addressing climate change and take meaningful action

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                    Congratulations to Huguaz Falys for such a great move to force Total energies to account for their role in harming our mother planet.Looking forward for a win and more lawsuits to major fossil fuel industries.

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                    • walter lungayi

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                      This sheds light on the accountability of corporations for their contributions to climate change. By bringing TotalEnergies to court, the farmer underscores the need for corporate responsibility and highlights the impacts of industrial activities on local communities and the environment. This case has the potential to set a precedent for holding companies accountable for their role in driving climate change and its consequences.

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                      • Jane Wangui

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                        We should all stand up and fight for what is right as the consequences of climate change and dire...we all will be affected in the end when the changes are irreversible.

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                        • Chris Ndungu

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                          Farmers around the globe opt to learn from this bold gentleman. Any company jeopardizing the climate should pay for the damages course and they should be held accountable.

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                          • dickson mutai

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                            A bold step towards accountability, corporations need to recognize their role in climate change and take meaningful action

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                            • Princess

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                              This is a powerful reminder that everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change, and legal action can be an effective way to drive positive change.

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                              • Rashid Kamau

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                                @princess_nel_268 It's everyone responsibility to participate in this fight.

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                              • Elizabeth Gathigia

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                                This is a good move, these fossil fuel campanies has to be held accountable and pay heavily for the harm they cause the planet,

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                                • Rashid Kamau

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                                  @elizbeth_gathigia They should be held responsible for the causes triggered from their practices.

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                                • Munene Mugambi

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                                  Hopefully, more people can join this case to make it a class action law suit and to ensure Total Energies are made to pay heavily for their role in harming our planet. This will then set a precedent for future lawsuits against such corporations which will make them rethink their business models.

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