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.
The Netherlands has experience in flood protection
“We hope to be able to force the Dutch government to do everything in its power to protect the people of Bonaire from the consequences of climate change,” said Greenpeace climate expert Faiza Oulahsen. According to Greenpeace, it is preparing the lawsuit together with the islanders.
The island of Bonaire belongs geographically to the Lesser Antilles. Politically, the ex-colony has been a special municipality in the Netherlands since 2010. The Netherlands itself is largely below sea level and therefore has a lot of experience in flood protection. With their lawsuit, the islanders want to get the government to better protect the people of Bonaire.