__L'affaire Climat

__L'affaire Climat

We are appealing for an ambitious climate policy!

The Belgian governments were condemned for violating our human rights. Unfortunately, the judge did not impose any concrete reduction targets on them. That is why we filed an appeal on 16 November 2021. The appeal of your, our and everyone's life. To force our governments to realise the CO2 reduction they have committed themselves to in time. So that our and all future generations can count on a liveable climate.

From 14 September to 6 October 2023, our appeal case was pleaded. After four intense weeks, it is now up to the judges to deliver a verdict. We expect the verdict on 30 November at the earliest. As soon as we know more, we will inform you via our newsletter. You can still subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the homepage in Dutch and French.

Whatever the verdict, our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported us all these years!

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Why is this lawsuit necessary?

This lawsuit is necessary because temperature records continue to be broken, because flooding is becoming more frequent… but above all because there is no real Belgian climate policy. We’ve seen in the Netherlands that this can be enforced via legal action: the Dutch climate organisation Urgenda won a similar case that has led to an ambitious climate law.

  • 2014

  • December 1, 2014

    Climate Case sends formal notice to the four Belgian authorities

    Non-profit Climate Case formally declares the four responsible governments (the regions and the federal state) to be in breach of their climate obligations. Climate Case calls on the governments to fulfill their responsibilities – to reduce Belgium’s  greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 compared to 1990 levels.

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Who is Climate Case?

11 founders, 21 ambassadors and more than 40 volunteers

Climate Case was founded in 2014 by 11 concerned citizens who wanted to take action against Belgium’s ailing climate policy. Since then, 21 ambassadors and more than 40 volunteers have played their part in the project.

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A team of lawyers

Eric Gillet, Carole Billiet, Luc Depré, Audrey Baeyens and Linli Pan - Van de Meulebroeke of Equal Partners, with Roger Coxwho won the Dutch Climate Case in 2015, represent Climate Case and all co-claimants. Denis Philippe of Philippe & Partners coordinates the legal advisory board.

A board of directors and a coordination and communication team

The eight members of the board of directors set out the strategy. Climate Case has one member of staff, Sarah Tak, who coordinates everything . She is assisted by BlueGround for bookkeeping and by Unanimous and Cypres for communication.

How do we spend our money?

The money we raise pays for our legal costs, the running costs of the non-profit and the costs of communication and fund-raising. Any money left after the case will be passed on to Belgian organisations and projects working on ecology and transition.

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