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Greenpeace takes VW to Court for Its Contribution to The Climate Crisis

Greenpeace takes VW to Court for Its Contribution to The Climate Crisis

A photo of the Rainbow Warrior sailing ship, which is operated by Greenpeace
Greenpeace activists from Germany are taking VW to court
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This is unacceptable and the United States is taking Volkswagen to court for its role in the climate crisis. environmental charity GreenpeaceVolkswagen AG in Germany was criticized by the Regional Court of Braunschweig for its lack of protection against climate change. The charity is the latest to argue that corporations and companies also have a responsibility for protecting the planet.

Greenpeace has filed a lawsuitDespite the carmaker’s

, the charity says that its current CO2 emissions “contribute significantly to the climate crisis”.ongoing push towards electric vehiclesVW has been expanding its all-electric vehicle lineup

A blue Volkswagen ID.4 electric car driving down a road
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According to Reuters VW has rejected Greenpeace’s demands so far. According to the newswire, the group stated that it was impossible for companies to combat the climate crisis alone. 

A spokesperson

: the group told Reuters“Volkswagen stands for climate protection and decarbonizing the transport sector, but it cannot tackle this challenge alone.

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“The task of designing appropriate measures belongs to parliament. Civil court disputes through lawsuits against singled-out companies are not the place or way to do justice to this task of great responsibility.”

Despite VW’s response, Greenpeace argues that the only way VW can help limit climate change is “with a quick goodbye to the combustion engine.”

VW’s suit follows similar actions against other European private companies.

An earlier case in The Netherlands revealed that corporations also have a responsibility to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. The Dutch case encouraged oil companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

and its affiliates to do more in pursuit climate protection.Royal Dutch Shell

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