UN panel says children have the right to sue nations over climate
The finding is based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that "“Children have the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment."
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has released a 20-page statement declaring that, according to UN human rights law, "all countries have a legal obligation to protect children from environmental degradation — including by 'regulating business enterprises' — and to allow their underage citizens to seek legal recourse."
According to this NY Times article, the decision, though not legally binding, is significant because it's based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child – a widely recognized international treaty signed by every country in the world save the United States – and explicitly recognizes children’s right to go to court to force their government to slow down the climate crisis.
Go kids! Sue the pants off your government if it doesn't take meaningful action to prevent companies from destroying your environment and robbing you of your right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.