Swiss grannies launch legal challenge demanding climate action

In a bold and strategic move, 420 elderly women in Switzerland have launched a legal challenge  against the Swiss government for inadequately addressing threats to their health and future generations from climate change. The group has named themselves "KlimaSeniorinnen" ("Senior Women for Climate Protection), and is working with Greenpeace Switzerland to launch the high-profilelegal challenge. 

One of the most strategic parts of this legal challenge is that it uses the Paris Agreement - which came into force on Nov 4 - as its legal teeth. This will be an important early step in setting the tone for the Agreement to be enforceable and effective as climate change intensifies and legal challenges become a more common strategy. 

Image: Greenpeace

Image: Greenpeace