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WE ARE IN COURT AGAINST THE NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT

The state shall protect the rights of future generations to a safe and healthy environment.
– § 112, Constitution of Norway

The message from the scientists is clear: We have already found more oil that we can afford to burn. But the Norwegian government is still opening up a new oil frontier in the Arctic. This is a clear violation of the Norwegian constitution and that is why we are taking the government to the supreme court. The defence is arguing that Norway is not responsible for emissions from oil they drill because it's being burned outside Norway. 

So. That’s the court case. Which side are you on?

If you think their defense is as absurd as we do – help us argue in court! We want you to speak your heart out through this web site and we will use your voice to make our case even stronger.

THE story SO FAR

Why the Norwegian government deserves to be in court?

In the middle of an ongoing climate crisis the Norwegian government is opening a new oil frontier in the Arctic. We cannot let that happen.

They know that burning oil fuels climate crisis. They know there’s already more oil in the existing fields than we can afford to burn. But still...

Knowing all this, how can new Arctic oil drilling be legal?

Well, we are convinced it is not. Oil drilling in the Arctic is violating the Norwegian constitution. Three years ago we took them to court with the support of their own constitution that says: The state shall protect the rights of future generations to a safe and healthy environment. We said that drilling for more oil violates it. The court ruled that the Constitution does grant a right to a healthy environment and that the scope of Norway’s responsibilities includes the environmental harm caused by the burning of Norwegian oil elsewhere. Despite that, the court ruled in favour of the state.

That’s why we need you to help us show the court that there’s a global movement backing this appeal case. Because we know that what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay in the Arctic. The needed change has already started: Youth are already standing up to set an end date for the oil industry and we will make sure their voice is heard.

6 reasons to take the Norwegian government to court

There is a good deal of reasons to why we are taking the Norwegian government to court - here are 6 of them.

#1 In conflict with Norway’s Constitution and the Paris Agreement

Norway they moved quickly as one of the first countries to ratify the Paris Agreement. With the other hand, the government has granted licenses to reckless oil companies to drill for more oil in the melting Arctic. The Oil drillings for more oil in the Arctic contravenes the Paris Agreement and is in violation of the Norwegian constitution that says: “Every person has the right to an environment that is conducive to health and to a natural environment whose productivity and diversity are maintained.”

#2 Out of sight, out of mind - Norwegian oil is burned outside its borders

The government is acting like “out of sight, out of mind”, when they argue that they are not responsible for the emissions from oil drilling, because the oil is not burned in Norway. But oil is oil, no matter where it is burned, it fuels climate change. This is the essence of the Norwegian oil problem -  the rejection to take global climate responsibility.

#3 Small country, huge climate footprint - Norway is the 7th biggest emissions exporter on the planet

The Norwegian government’s “denial” is a principle problem and a very concrete one because Norway is an oil giant and the 7th biggest exporter of climate-wrecking emissions on the planet.

The country’s total exported greenhouse gas emissions are ten times bigger than the domestic emissions from its production.

#4 - We have already found more oil than we can afford to burn

We are at a critical point in history. What we see already now is an urgent climate crisis. But companies like Norwegian Equinor and BP are still exploring for new oil, literally drilling us deeper and deeper into this crisis. Science says: we have already found more oil than we can afford to burn. This oil would not hit the market for another 10 to 20 years, locking us into future unnecessary emissions.

#5 Climate change is made in Norway

In the middle of an ongoing climate crisis, the Norwegian government is opening a new oil frontier in the Arctic. 

Over the summer, hurricane Dorian spread death and destruction over the Bahamas, while unprecedented wildfires devastated large areas in Siberia, the Amazon and Indonesia, threatening lives and destroying the very forests that protect us against climate change. This should be an alarm call for political leaders to take urgent action and bring the climate crisis under control.

Extreme weather is hitting all over the world and especially putting people in the poorest countries in danger. A country - especially not one of the richest in the world that should join the frontrunners - can’t just bury its head in the sand.

#6 “See you in court” - We have to fight for climate justice 

With this historic lawsuit, a new generation is stepping up to hold the politicians accountable and stop oil companies from destroying our future. A win in court would mean that these drilling plans get canceled, potentially preventing the pollution from millions of barrels of oil, and this could also set a precedent to stop other illegal fossil fuel projects.

This case is part of a wave of people stepping up for the climate. Right now, there are more than 600 legal cases filed by individuals and non-governmental organisations that assert the rights of people impacted by the climate crisis around the world.

The plaintiffs
Since Nature and Youth and Greenpeace filed the case on October 18th 2016, two organisations have joined in support - the Grandparents Climate Campaign and Friends of the Earth Norway.

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