The people of Pari island demand climate justice from Holcim

They demand Holcim:

  • to redress proportionally their climate induced damages on Pari island.
  • to reduce its absolute CO2-emissions by 43% until 2030, in relation to the values of 20191.
  • to contribute to climate change adaptation measures on Pari island.

or to reduce their emission according to the recommendations of the climate science in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

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Climate Change is already today threatening the effective enjoyment of human rights of millions of people around the world. Among other consequences, climate change causes rising sea levels. This is increasingly damaging low-lying coastal areas and small islands, in particular in the Global South.

On Pari Island in Indonesia the rising sea levels have already caused damages to houses, roads and shops and impairs the effective enjoyment of human rights of the inhabitants. Under current CO2-emission levels most of Pari island could disappear in the next decades.

The inhabitants of Pari island are not responsible for causing climate change, yet they bear the costs to invest in adaptation measures to protect their island. The effects of climate change undermine their economic development and wellbeing and jeopardise the livelihoods of future generations.

The Swiss company Holcim is the world’s largest producer of cement and among the 50 greatest corporate CO2 emitters. The question arises as to the extent of Holcim’s responsibility. HEKS/EPER has commissioned a study, which shows that between 1950 and 2020, Holcim produced over seven billion tonnes of cement and generated almost the same quantity of CO2 emissions. That is 0.42 per cent of all global industrial CO2 emissions since the year 1750. Or more than twice as much as the whole of Switzerland caused in the same period.

Representing the people of Pari island, ArifAsmania, Edi, and Bobby, are seeking justice. They have taken legal action against Holcim and have filed an application for conciliation in Zug (Switzerland) where the Holcim group is headquartered.

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