The first-ever youth-led US climate lawsuit was won!
This post is a part of the 'Positivity Posters' live art installation at New York Climate Week 2023, where Climativity teamed up with 8 artists to highlight the best news story of each month of the year.
This story is the best of August!
16 brave young people aged 5-22 sued the state of Montana, arguing that their right to a healthy, livable environment is protected by state law. As the Montana constitution specifically states this right, their arguments were strong.
This was the first youth-led climate lawsuit to go to trial in the US, so there was a lot on the line. Thankfully, the ruling came out in their favor!
With the ruling won, it's now confirmed that state agencies were violating constitutional rights, and the state must now require the consideration of climate impacts of energy projects.
The outcome of this story gives hope to the many pending legal cases against governments and polluters around the world, hinting at a new era of accountability.
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