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Constitutional Complaint

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Nine young people filed a lawsuit against the German Climate Law and for their right to a humane future.

The young plaintiffs, aged between 15 and 32, want to have German climate policy reviewed by the Federal Constitutional Court. They are of the opinion that the Federal Government is not doing enough to combat the climate crisis with the Climate Law and is thereby violating their fundamental rights - in particular their right to a humane future. The aim of the constitutional complaint is on the one hand to ensure that the law is adapted, but above all that laws with a conclusive reduction path towards greenhouse gas neutrality are enacted and implemented as quickly as possible. Germanwatch, Greenpeace and Protect the Planet support them with this.

FAQs / Background information Constitutional complaint

1. What is the constitutional complaint about?

2. Who are the plaintiffs and how are they affected by the climate crisis?

3. What is the aim of the lawsuit?

4. What is the state of the proceedings?

5. Who is involved?

6. Are there other constitutional complaints?

7. Are there other lawsuits by young people to demand climate justice?

8. How can I support the young plaintiffs?

News and publications on the constitutional complaint

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Blogpost
01 April 2020
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Anyone who violates another person’s fundamental rights by emitting greenhouse gases bears a double legal duty: First, to put a stop to this harm so that the (fundamental) rights of others are not undermined. Second, polluters have to account for the protection of those at risk as well as the damages that still occur. In order to enforce these legal obligations in Germany and internationally, Germanwatch supports three climate lawsuits.

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Interview with Dr. Roda Verheyen about the constitutional complaint

The plaintiffs are legally represented by the lawyer Roda Verheyen. In this video she explains what the constitutional complaint is about, what the case has to do with the People’s Climate Case and how the legal process will continue.