Judge Rules in Favor of Next Generation
My name is Chris and I am Hayward’s 2016/7 CivicSpark Fellow. One of my responsibilities is to stay up to date on climate news. Here’s something new:
On November 10, 2016, U.S. District Court (of Oregon) Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of 21 young people who sued the federal government for allowing climate change to jeopardize their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property.
The youth claim that the federal government has knowingly allowed the overuse of our country's resources. In particular, they argue that government sanctioning of fossil fuel development and its overuse has significantly altered the climate. They consider these activities to be unsustainable because future generations, including they themselves, will not be able to enjoy the same quality of life and climate which is enjoyed now if the overuse of earthly resources continues.
Judge Aiken's ruling may have set in motion one of the most unprecedented court cases in American history. The youth lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, will continue on to higher courts with the potential for changing government action on climate change, regardless of who is president.
Read about some of these young folks in this article, here, at Slate.com.
"The Kids Suing the Government Over Climate Change Are Our Best Hope Now".
Read Judge Aiken's ruling here. It's long so feel free to read the introduction (page 1) and the conclusion (page 51).
Be jolly this holiday season Hayward! The next generation of Americans would like to give you the gift of a healthy, livable climate.