The Kids Suing the Government Over Climate Change Are Our Best Hope Now
After a week that sent advocates of a habitable Earth reeling, new hope has emerged that could make way for substantial climate action in the near term—even during a Trump administration: The children and young adults suing the federal government for their right to a stable climate can now proceed to trial, an unprecedented move in the American legal system.
The path was cleared by a federal district court judge in Oregon who wrote an opinion preliminarily finding that a stable climate is a fundamental constitutional right.
… that Ken Craggs sent the following, concerning an exercise he undertook:
ClientEarth Lawyer Sophie Marjanac said: “The stage is now set for a monumental showdown between President-elect Trump’s administration, the fossil fuel industry and the environment movement. Lawyers for Our Children’s Trust who brought the case, predict it will be the ‘trial of the century’.
I therefore decided to have a go myself and contacted ClientEarth asking them to represent me in suing the United Nations in court for not making reductions in Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (greenhouse gas emissions) legally binding on member countries of the United Nations.
ClientEarth replied to my e-mail and informed me that my message will be passed on to the relevant person in the organisation, but to bear in mind that ClientEarth may not be able to help directly or reply to each individual query.
I received an e-mail from ClientEarth at 13:42 today which reads, “Unfortunately we don’t believe that such a legal challenge would be possible or successful but we appreciate all ideas and thanks for your email.”