Supporters of 21 children and young adults who are suing the federal government will gather in cities and towns across the U.S. in the coming days to urge the justice system to hear the plaintiffs’ case.
The plaintiffs in the landmark climate case Juliana vs. the U.S. were planning to bring their case to trial this coming Monday, October 29, after fighting in the courts for three years in order to hold the government accountable for its failure to protect their generation from the climate crisis.
The U.S. Supreme Court took the highly unusual step of issuing a stay on the case at the request of the government—which argued the cost of litigation would be burdensome.
“As the administration pulls out every attempt to delay, deceive, and distract us from what’s being considered the trial of the century, it makes you wonder just what they’re hiding.” —Thanu Yakupitiyage, 350.org
“This lawsuit could change everything, but the federal administration continues to try and silence these courageous youth,” said Thanu Yakupitiyage, communications manager for 350.org. “All of us have a responsibility to double down in supporting the young people holding the U.S. government responsible for perpetuating climate change and threatening our collective future.”
In response, the young plaintiffs, who are represented by Our Children’s Trust, quickly pulled together a 103-page brief “in hopes of receiving a decision from the Chief Justice before the week’s end.”
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