Future Generations v. Ministry of the Environment and Others
Side A: Youth Plaintiffs (Individual)
Side B: Colombian Ministry of the Environment and other government entities, municipalities, and corporations (Government)
On April 5, 2018, the Supreme Court reversed the lower court decision, recognizing that the "fundamental rights of life, health, the minimum subsistence, freedom, and human dignity are substantially linked and determined by the environment and the ecosystem." It further recognized the Colombian Amazon as a "subject of rights" in the same manner that the Constitutional Court recognized the Atrato River. The Supreme Court declared that the Colombian Amazon accordingly was entitled to protection, conservation, maintenance, and restoration. The Court ordered the government to formulate and implement action plans to address deforestation in the Amazon.