Can generations of the future sue over decisions made by the present?
Last summer, 21 adolescents between the ages of 8 and 19 filed a lawsuit which has since been considered “the most important case on the planet right now” by climate observers. Their reason for suing? Climate change. Who were they trying to sue? President Obama.
Now, months later, the federal lawsuit is moving forward to the courtroom as the youngsters, their lawyers, and their mentor, world-renowned climate change expert Dr. James E. Hansen, intend to hold the Government accountable for endangering future generations due to environmental negligence.
Said one of the young plaintiffs, “We’ve taken to the streets, and now we are taking to the courts. When you look at past movements, that’s how change has been made. By diversifying our tactics and targeting the system that’s stealing our constitutional rights to a healthy atmosphere, we’re directly creating this climate revolution.
“This is not against Obama. It’s to bring forth a solution.”