Res Publica - Journal of Undergraduate Research


Climate change is a global issue that calls for global responses. It is also crucial to address regionally, according to each state’s best ability, and respond to regionally-felt impacts. Often, this regional change must begin with individual and community action. The Urgenda Foundation v. State of the Netherlands case is a crucial example of how individual interests and community actions can create regional change and result in global change through concentrated effort. The Urgenda Foundation was created to promote national shifts toward sustainable societies. It facilitates the integration of individuals’ sustainable interests into community action. As the first legal success against the national government within climate policy, the case is a prime example of what these community actions can fulfill for the good of these individuals, communities, and global actors threatened by the impacts of climate change. Additionally, the case highlights significant limitations of litigation’s role in climate activism.