I am writing with good news about the youth climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, which involves 21 young people suing the federal government over their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property in the form of a stable climate.
The young plaintiffs argue that government policies promoting fossil fuels are “deliberately discriminating against children and future generations … for the economic benefit of present generations of adults.” On Oct. 29, which had been the trial date until the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the trial at the request of the Trump administration, people rallied worldwide in support of the lawsuit. On Nov. 2, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the stay. As youthvgov.org (the website devoted to the case) asserts, “Let the Youth Be Heard”!
Professor of Childhood Studies, Hampshire College