Young activists bid to join climate case at top German court

The RWE Niederaussem lignite-fired power station releases steam, behind two renewable energy producing wind turbines in Bergheim, Germany, Monday, Jan...
The sun rises behind high voltage pylons near Schwieberding, Germany, Wednesday,  Jan. 15, 2020 (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa
Luisa Neubauer, Fridays for Future activist, talks to journalists after she met Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, in Berlin, Germany, Friday. Jan. 10, 2020....

The RWE Niederaussem lignite-fired power station releases steam, behind two renewable energy producing wind turbines in Bergheim, Germany, Monday, Jan...

The sun rises behind high voltage pylons near Schwieberding, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 (Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

Luisa Neubauer, Fridays for Future activist, talks to journalists after she met Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens, in Berlin, Germany, Friday. Jan. 10, 2020....

BERLIN (AP) — Nine young climate activists are seeking to join a lawsuit before Germany's top court that aims to force the government to do more to combat global warming.

The activists are backed by environmental groups such as Greenpeace who say Germany's current plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% over the next decade isn't good enough.

Their lawyer, Remo Klinger, told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the plaintiffs want Germany's Federal Constitutional Court to add their lawsuit to a pending case submitted in 2018 and rule whether fundamental rights are being breached.

Environmental groups accuse the German government of shying away from “easy” measures that would significantly cut emissions of planet-heating carbon dioxide, such as introducing a universal speed limit, ending subsidies for heavily polluting cars and easing regulations for on-shore wind farms.