Islanders want to sue Dutch government

Because of rising sea levels

Islanders want to sue Dutch government

Residents of the Caribbean island of Bonaire are going to court to force the Dutch government to protect them from rising sea levels.

Environmentalists want guarantees from the Dutch government that will protect them from a flood. (archive image)

As the environmental organization Greenpeace announced on Wednesday, the lawsuit is to be filed before a court in The Hague later this year. The plaintiffs cite a study by Greenpeace and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, according to which a fifth of Bonaire could sink under the sea by the end of the century.

According to the study, the corals around the island could also die off due to climate change. The coral reefs have so far attracted many tourists and are therefore an important source of income for the islanders.