A Human Right To Be Cool

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Switzerland is liable to its citizens for its alleged failure to do enough about “climate change”:

A group of 2,000 Swiss women have won a climate change case against Switzerland at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in a ruling hailed as “monumental” by experts.

The court agreed with the KlimaSeniorinnen, or Senior Women for Climate Protection, that the Swiss government’s failures on tackling carbon emissions had breached the authorities’ duty to protect citizens from the “serious adverse effects” of a rapidly warming world.

The world is not warming rapidly. But what was the legal theory?

In the KlimaSeniorinnen case, the campaigners won under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which the court found covers governments’ duty to protect individuals from the impacts of climate change.

This is Article 8 of the Convention:


Right to respect for private and family life

1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

I must be missing something. In any event, notice how every agenda item of the Left eventually becomes a “human right.”

Now let’s do China and India. Oh, wait: they haven’t signed the European Convention on Human Rights, and are not subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

This is one more chapter in the long-running suicide of the West.

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