Polish activists sue state for climate policy failures

In the wake of several big legal and corporate governance developments, not least the recent Dutch verdict on Shell and the shake-up to Exxon's board, a group of activists are suing the Polish state, Europe's staunchest coal defender and climate laggard.

Smoke and steam billows from Belchatow Power Station, Europe's largest coal-fired power plant operated by PGE Group, near Belchatow | Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Young climate activists, a grandfather and a farmer sued the Polish government over its failure to deal with climate change.

The Polish citizens argue that extreme weather events exacerbated by the warming of the planet are threatening their individual rights and their livelihoods, in lawsuits filed at first instance courts in Poland this week. Environmental law firm ClientEarth, representing the individuals, said two more cases will follow.

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