The four NGOs behind the “The Deal of the Century” petition, not satisfied with the government's response to their “prior petition”, will file their lawsuit against the state for climate inaction on March 14, they announced Tuesday.
“See you in court on March 14 … In the face of the government's wait-and-see attitude, our determination is unchanged: to put an end to the state's inaction on climate change, the case of the century will be settled in court”, they said in an email sent to the 2.1 million signatories and published on the petition website.
The four associations (the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, Greenpeace France, Notre Affaire à Tous and Oxfam France) sent a request on 17 December to the government, accusing the state of “faulty default” by its “failed action” to reduce emissions. of greenhouse gases.
While the state had two months to respond, the Ministry of Ecological Transition had issued Friday a letter accompanied by ten pages of arguments detailing the actions of the state in the fight against climate change.
“France has mobilized to respond to the climate emergency” and “we give ourselves the means” to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, wrote François de Rugy, even if “obviously this action will have to be completed, extended and amplified over time “.
This response, which effectively rejected the accusation of inaction, did not satisfy the four NGOs.
“While we called for a jump at the height of the climate emergency, the government simply rejected our request: Friday, February 15, he told us that the state is in no way responsible for the shortcomings we accuse him, “they denounced Tuesday.
They will therefore lodge their appeal before the Paris Administrative Court on 14 March, on the eve of a global call for a youth “climate strike” and two days before a new climate march in France.
In its 10-page memo, the ministry detailed state action on climate change in various areas, from energy production to transportation, agriculture and building insulation.
“These measures are beginning to bear fruit: the emissions of the year 2018 should be again downward, with lower energy consumption,” he says, while they had increased in 2017.
A conclusion challenged by NGOs accusing the government in these pages of “greening its balance sheet”.
“The facts are stubborn!” All experts show that France is on the wrong track. Worse, emissions of greenhouse gases have gone up since 2015 and the carbon footprint of France has not improved since … 1995, “they say.
For their part, they plead for “six major priority measures”, in particular “a socially just tax at the service of the fight against climate change”, actions in favor of the energy renovation of buildings, or the development of renewable energies, cleaner transport and more sustainable agriculture.