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Court Hears Arguments in Historic Climate Lawsuit Pitting Youth Against U.S. Gov.

HeadlineJun 05, 2019

In Oregon, a federal court heard arguments Tuesday in Juliana v. United States, a historic climate lawsuit against the U.S. government brought by 21 young people who accuse the government of failing to take necessary action to cut fossil fuel emissions and protect youth from the devastating effects of climate change. The suit was originally filed against the Obama administration in 2015. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will decide whether the youth plaintiffs can go to trial against the Trump administration. This is 11-year-old Levi D., who is the youngest plaintiff in the suit, addressing crowds gathered in support after Tuesday’s hearing.

Levi D.: “I’m still a kid. My constitutional rights are being violated even more than older people, who won’t be around to see the effects of climate change. And we only have a little time left to put a science-based climate recovery plan into place, a plan that will return CO2 levels to less than 350 parts per million and limit global warming to 1 degree Celsius, before it is too late.”

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