Landmark Dutch Ruling: Cut Emissions to Protect Citizens

Urgenda supporters celebrate at The Hague after court rules in favor of sanity. Photo: Chantal Bekker, Urgenda.

Urgenda supporters celebrate at The Hague after court rules in favor of sanity. Photo: Chantal Bekker, Urgenda.

Scores of Dutch climate activists cheered and wept in a crowded courtroom in the Hague on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, when Presiding Judge Hans Hofhuis ruled that Dutch authorities must cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. The ruling was a victory for the 900 plaintiffs in the case, and for climate activists around the world.

For details about the precedent-setting ruling, see coverage in The New York TimesThe Huffington Post, BBC News, and The Guardian.

Urgenda Foundation director Marjan Minnesma hugs lawyer Roger Cox, left, after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent. AP Photo: Peter Dejong

Urgenda Foundation director Marjan Minnesma hugs lawyer Roger Cox, left, after a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 in a groundbreaking climate case that activists hope will set a worldwide precedent. AP Photo: Peter Dejong

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A founding member of Bronx Climate Justice North.
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