Wednesday 5 October 2022 10:49 PM First children's climate trial in US history is set for 2023, as 16 youngster ... trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 10:49 PM First children's climate trial in US history is set for 2023, as 16 youngster ... trends now
Wednesday 5 October 2022 10:49 PM First children's climate trial in US history is set for 2023, as 16 youngster ... trends now

Wednesday 5 October 2022 10:49 PM First children's climate trial in US history is set for 2023, as 16 youngster ... trends now

A lawsuit filed by 16 children against Montana that argues the state's continuous use of fossil fuels that the lawsuit claims has contributed to the climate crisis will go to trial on June 12, 2023 and concluded on June 23.

This will be the first children's climate trial in US history, which will see the young plaintiffs argue how the state is violating their constitutional rights.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2020, describes how children are more vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis, noting it ‘harms their physical and psychological health and safety, interferes with family and cultural foundations and integrity, and causes economic deprivations.’

It also includes how each child has been personally impacted by the climate crisis such how wildfires pose a threat to the youngest who has respiratory issues and another whose family relies on a river for their business that has dried up in past years.

The children are not looking for a lump sum of money, but, if the court rules in their favor, the group wants defendants to 'bring the state energy system into constitutional compliance,’ the March 2020 filing states.

The lawsuit, filed in March 2020, comes from 16 children who are suing Montana for its continuous use of fossil fuels has contributed to the climate crisis

The lawsuit, filed in March 2020, comes from 16 children who are suing Montana for its continuous use of fossil fuels has contributed to the climate crisis

The lawsuit includes details for from each plaintiff, describing how each plaintiff has been personally impacted by the climate crisis.

For example, Rikki, who was 18 at the time of the filing, included a story about her family-owned cattle ranch.

One the ranch is the Powder River that her family relies on to grow crops and hydrate cattle.

The river dried up in 2007 and then in spring of 2017, ‘abnormally high temperatures linked to the climate crisis caused the frozen river to melt at a rapid rate and flood,’ the lawsuit reads.

Riki, who was 18 when the lawsuit was filed, argues Montana is to blame for a river drying up that her parents rely on for their business

Nathaniel has respiratory issues that cause him frequent illnesses and the document claims the climate crisis is increasing the length and severity of Montana’s wildfire season which poses a threat on the young boy’s health

Riki, who was 18 when the lawsuit was filed, argues Montana is to blame for a river drying up that her parents rely on for their business.  Nathaniel has respiratory issues and document claims the climate crisis is

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