16 kids are suing Montana over climate change in first-of-its kind case
A Montana judge will hear arguments in a first-of-its-kind lawsuit on Monday that will decide whether the state’s contribution to climate change violates its Constitution, which explicitly guarantees a right to a “clean and healthful environment.” In Held v. Montana, which was brought forward by 16 Montana youth as young as five, plaintiffs argue that state legislators have put the interests of the state’s fossil fuel industry over their climate future. Legal experts say that if plaintiffs win,
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Our own Zonta International Board member, Renee Coppock, has some personal insight into the lawsuit, the plaintiffs and the general situation. She has agreed to speak with the Zonta USA Caucus and share what she knows on Monday evening. While we fully expect the case will be ongoing with no decision yet, Renee will give us an insiders’ perspective on this groundbreaking lawsuit.