Constitutional Climate Law: Juliana v. U.S.

Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” – U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken

Asserting that the United States government's actions contributions to a changed climate represent a threat to the youngest generation's right to life, liberty, and property, Kelsey Juliana and 20 other young leaders first filed their complaint in 2015. After many dramatic proceedings (including interventions from the fossil fuel industry, and the Trump administration), a trial date has been set for the end of October 2018. Learn more at the Our Childrens Trust, or a recent NYTimes article about James Hansen, NASA climate scientist, who will testify in the case.