Juliana vs United States moves forward

The Supreme Court on Friday night refused to halt a novel lawsuit filed by young Americans that attempts to force the federal government to take action on climate change, turning down a request from the Trump administration to stop it before trial.

The suit, filed in 2015 by 21 young people who argue that the failure of government leaders to combat climate change violates their constitutional right to a clean environment, is before a federal judge in Oregon. It had been delayed while the Supreme Court considered the emergency request from the government. Learn more at Our Children’s Trust.

Here is a story on the mock trial sponsored by the HRV High School Earth Action Club, Friends of the Columbia Gorge and CGCAN.org:

On Sunday afternoon, 10/28/18, students from Hood River Valley High School Earth Action Club went to “court” to speak out, demanding that the U.S. Government take action to reduce carbon emissions and support their constitutional right to a safe and stable climate.

Following a rally in the rain at Second and Oak streets, the students gathered, along with an audience of about 40, at Hood River Council Chambers to conduct a mock trial to support a real trial, Juliana v. U.S., that will take place in Eugene, with 21 young defendants from around the country.

According to student Lillie Tomlinson, “To be part of the fight for clean air and water is empowering because I now know that people my age have and can make a difference.” Click to continue reading this HR News story.