US Court recognises “fundamental right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life”

The youth climate lawsuit — Juliana v US — was brought by 21 youth against the US government in August 2015.  They claim that the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty, and property, and failing to protect essential public trust resources by locking in a fossil-fuel based national energy system for more than five decades with full knowledge of the harms.  And what they are seeking is a comprehensive US climate plan based on scientific facts not political compromises. 

In November 2016, the court rejected the defendants’ motion to dismiss in a landmark decision that recognizes—for the first time ever—a fundamental right to a safe climate, characterized as the “right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life.”  This decision also paves the way for the case to go to trial later this year.

There is an event TOMORROW @ 9 AM on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington DC or on Facebook Live where there will be a speak-out in support of these youth plaintiffs streamed live.  The plaintiffs and their lawyers and supporters (including US Senators Whitehouse, Merkley and Wyden) will share the latest updates in the case, as well as song, fiery speeches, and insight on what lies ahead in Juliana v. US later this year.

Here is the link to the Facebook event and to the social media toolkit