Court Rules That Kids Can Sue US Government Over Climate Change

Trump speaks aboard the USS Iowa back in September 2015. Joseph Sohm/Shutterstock

Robin Andrews 16 Nov 2016, 14:29

James Hansen, a world-renowned climatologist at Columbia University, was also a proponent of the legal case. In a statement, he described the ruling as “a critical step toward a solution of the climate problem, and none too soon as climate change is accelerating.”

These plaintiffs, who age between 9 and 20, are aware of the Obama administration’s efforts to mitigate climate change.

However, they are also acutely aware of the limitations of the plans currently in place, as well as the obstructionist nature of the many climate change-denying politicians in power. They resent that fossil fuel industries are only interested in short-term profit rather than sustainable long-term plans.

Recognizing that extreme weather events are threatening their right to life and liberty, these young adults have forced open a new avenue with which to compel the government to protect them by cutting America’s emissions. There’s no other legal case like it in the world, and it could genuinely make a real difference.


The accused in the case will be no less than Trump himself when he is inaugurated on January 20, 2017, a man who wants to personally oversee the destruction of the Environmental Protection Agency. He will be officially listed as the defendant in the suit. For now, it is President Obama, being the current head of government.

Battle lines have been drawn. This is nothing less than a conflict between knowledge and ignorance, youth and power.

If you’ve got their back, click here to let them know, or donate to their epic cause.

[H/T: Slate]

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