Farmer to sue German government over failure to tackle climate change

(The Independent, 29 Oct 2019) ‘New records are being set around the world due to climate change, and the adverse effects are already affecting agricultural production in Europe’, says European Environment Agency.

After three straight years of crop losses due to soaring temperatures and crippling droughts, Heiner Luetke Schwienhorst has had enough and is taking Europe’s most powerful government to court.

The dairy farmer from the edge of the Spreewald forest, just south of Berlin, blames German chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for stoking climate change and wants to know why efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions have fallen short and put his livelihood at risk.

“We’ve lost over a third of our millet crop, half our hay crop,” Mr Schwienhorst said. “It’s a catastrophe.”

At the end of October, judges in the German capital will hear his case, which is backed by environmental group Greenpeace and two other farmers.

The hearing underscores Ms Merkel’s climate failings as she tries to get Germany back on track with a much-criticised €​50bn (£43bn) environment package.

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The Independent, 29 Oct 2019: Farmer to sue German government over failure to tackle climate change