An island demands justice
Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, destroying the livelihoods of the people on the Indonesian island Pari. The Swiss cement company Holcim bears a significant amount of responsibility for this be- cause of its tremendously high CO2 emissions. Four residents are now demanding justice on behalf of the island and have taken legal action against Holcim in Switzerland. With the support of Swiss Church Aid HEKS/EPER, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the Indonesian envi– ronmental organization WALHI, they are demanding that Holcim immediately and significantly reduce its CO2 emissions, pay compensation for damages already incurred and co-finance urgently needed flood protection measures. This is the first time that a Swiss company will be held legally accountable for its role in climate change.