27 Nov '15, 1pm

For the kids suing over climate change, things are going well so far

When the young people working with Our Children’s Trust talk about their lawsuits to compel governments to act on climate change, they like to use a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” This month, it looks like these young activists have made it to step three: On Nov. 12, three fossil-fuel lobby groups asked a judge to let them join the federal case as codefendants against the 21 children (and a climate scientist) who are suing the Obama administration and federal regulatory agencies to take serious, science-based action on climate change. The case is the culmination of a series of lawsuits brought by various groups of young people in all 50 states since 2011. Their argument is that the federal government is infringing on the constitutional rights of America’s youth and future generations b...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/for-the-kids-suing-the-fe...

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