A little over a month ago, I posted some information about youth-led efforts to propel climate action & climate justice forward.
[July 2, Youth Turn up the Heat]. It’s great to be able to report that they won the lawsuit to protect their — and everyone’s — right to a clean and healthy environment. The judge ruled that these rights are protected by the Montana constitution and also struck down MT laws pushing fossil-fuel development. Watch the video on Democracy Now (or read the transcript):
There’s a similar provision in Pennsylvania’s constitution, so I have to wonder why youth here in PA don’t launch a similar challenge to the state (possibly with help from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund [CELDF] or Our Children’s Trust, the nonprofit the helped with the case in Montana).
Article I §27 says: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”
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