Young girl sues Pakistani govt over climate change

Young girl sues Pakistani govt over climate change
Rabab Ali ... time for change!
Updated 05 July 2016

Young girl sues Pakistani govt over climate change

Young girl sues Pakistani govt over climate change

ISLAMABAD: In a landmark case, seven-year-old Rabab Ali has sued the Pakistani government for violating her rights, and the rights of her generation, to a healthy life, Dawn reports.
“I want the government to give me and my friends a safe environment to grow up in. I want it to help me conserve it for future generations,” she told thethirdpole.net.
She and her father, who is also the environmental lawyer representing her in the Pakistan supreme court, were heartened when the chief justice overruled the rejection of her appeal by the apex court’s registrar, stating that minors can file a legal petition in the interest of public at large through an attorney.
“The fact that the higher court has established this right of a minor is a pioneering and landmark judgment in the country, setting a precedent for others to go to the lower courts,” said Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Asia director of Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
“It gives me much hope,” said her father, Qazi Ali Athar.
Ali is pleading that the exploitation of the particularly dirty lignite coal in Sindh province’s Tharparkar district will drastically increase Pakistan’s carbon dioxide emissions, polluting the air and be catastrophic for the future generations, as well as and contributing to global warming.
The petition states that it “infringes” upon the constitutionally guaranteed “right to life” and the inalienable “fundamental rights” of young Ali and the future generations of Pakistan and violates the “Doctrine of Public Trust,” the principle that the government must preserve certain natural and cultural resources for public use.
This is the first time in Pakistani courts that a minor has filed a public interest litigation case.
It is also the latest in a global string of lawsuits geared at forcing governments to do more on climate change.