16-year old Greta Thunberg and 15 other child petitioners aged between 8 to 17 from 12 countries around the world have taken a collective action on behalf of young people around the globe. The official complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is a protest regarding lack of government action on the climate crisis.
The Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child is a voluntary mechanism which allows children or adults on their behalf to appeal directly to the United Nations for help if a country that has ratified the Protocol fails to provide a remedy for a rights violation.
The five countries named in the complaint are Brazil, France, Germany, Argentina, and Turkey – some of the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas emitters. Although the US and China produce the most greenhouse-gas emissions in the world, they could not be included. Both countries have not signed the section of the treaty.
UNICEF supports the child petitioners but is not a party to the complaint: “We fully support children exercising their rights and taking a stand. Climate change will impact every single one of them. It’s no wonder they are uniting to fight back”, said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Charlotte Petri Gornitzka. Greta says, “The climate crisis is not just the weather. It means also, lack of food and lack of water … places that are unlivable and refugees because of it. It is scary.”
Image: © UNICEF/Radhika Chalasani
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