Climate change cases within the courts on the rise

The number of Climate Change cases in the corridors of Justice are on the rise according to judges from the land and environmental courts.

Through the Pan-African Association of Judges on Environment, Land and Labor (PAAJELLA), the judges have attributed this to increased public awareness as the full effects of climate change started to be felt.

This emerged during a workshop for association organized by Hakijamii and WWF in Naivasha on the impact of climate change on economic, social and cultural rights.

According to Judge Edward Wabwoto from the Environment and Land courts, the full effects of climate change had turned out to be an eye-opener for Kenyans.

He said that through various environmental groups, affected Kenyans were filing climate change litigation cases due to increased public awareness.

Addressing the press on the sidelines of the workshop, Wabwoto noted that the country had enough judges to deal with the emerging cases across the country.

He added that Kenya was a signatory to various climate change accords which were meant to contain the full effects of climate change and address climate justice.

On her part, PAAJELLA President Justice Jacqueline Mogeni lauded the initiative noting that some of the emerging cases could be resolved at community level.

Mogeni noted that during the two day workshop, they had agreed to address the impact of climate change on marginalized communities in Kenya.

The judge further said that they would work on capacity building of Judges who are members of PAAJELLA to understand and address environmental justice and climate-related legal issues.

Mogeni said that the association would play a proactive role in addressing climate-related issues within the scope of their judicial duties.

Hakijamii Executive Director Zipporah Muthama said that Climate change posed a threat to the realization of economic, social, and cultural rights in Kenya and the world.

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