Greta Thunberg among young people filing legal suit for systemwide climate emergency to be declared a global level 3 emergency
UN to declare ‘systemwide climate emergency’
Greta Thunberg and youth climate activists from around the world are filing a legal petition to the UN secretary-general urging him to declare a climate emergency.
As Cop26 enters its final days, climate campaigners were due to file a legal document on Wednesday calling on António Guterres to use emergency powers to match the level of response adopted for the coronavirus pandemic by pronouncing the climate crisis a global level 3 emergency – the UN’s highest category.
As well as the Swedish climate campaigner – who on Friday declared Cop26 “a failure” and a “greenwash festival” as she called for drastic annual emissions cuts addressing protesters in Glasgow – the group of 14 includes Ranton Anjain and Litokne Kabua from the Marshall Islands, Ridhima Pandey from India, Alexandria Villaseñor from the US and Ayakha Melithafa from South Africa.
They hope that an emergency declaration would result in resources and technical expertise being rushed to countries most at risk from global heating, particularly small island states and developing countries, to support climate change adaptation.
It is understood that the UN has already seen a draft of the petition and that a level 3 emergency is under discussion, but a spokesperson for the secretary-general’s office declined to comment on whether it may be implemented.