The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the Washington State youth climate lawsuit in July. The state seeks to reverse the historic ruling, which was the first time a government in the USA was directed by the courts to address climate change for young citizens. The earlier decision recognized the rights of youth to air and water under the Public Trust Doctrine, and the court ruled that the Dept of Ecology had to finish a Clean Air Rule in 2016.
And so Ecology finished it on time.
But then why is Ecology appealing the landmark decision? Under Gov. Inslee? And given these precedent-setting victories for young citizens under our state constitution, what legal challenges will these youth plaintiffs bring next?
All are invited to “Climate Outloud” on Saturday, July 29 at Burien Library.
Nature Stewards Program, Burien King County Library and Humanities WA, present an all-day event featuring the landmark Washington climate case and the “Most Talked about Court Case of the Century” – Kids Sue the Federal Government for not Protecting their Right to a Livable Future. These cases will both be discussed in “Climate Outloud.”
Andrea Rodgers, the attorney from Our Children’s Trust representing the kids, will explain the cases and answer questions. Hear testimony from the young plaintiffs living in Seattle.
11 a.m. – supporting non-profit organizations introductions,
Noon – plaintiffs sharing
2pm – attorneys answer questions
The main conference room on the first floor of the library is open to the public from 11 a.m. to closing at 5 p.m.
For more information, including an Event Schedule, Toolkit, etc.: http://naturestewardswa.org/climate-outloud/