On Tuesday, a hearing will be held to determine if Juliana v. U.S. can go ahead. Children have filed suit against the government, alleging inaction on climate change is a violation of their constitutional rights. https://lat.ms/2Xj6jRI
This lawsuit was originally filed not against Trump, but against the Obama administration. In nearly 4 years, it has yet to reach trial. A timeline of some of the major events leading up to now:
2005: A team of climate scientists led by James Hansen release research on rising sea surface temperatures as evidence of their theory of global warming. https://lat.ms/2HLi26s
2007: The Stern Review, a 700-page document on the impact of climate change on the world economy, is published. It suggests government action to mitigate the effects. https://lat.ms/2IaYmYF
Sept. 2015: Juliana v. United States is filed in U.S. District Court asserting violations to the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. James Hansen is one of the plaintiffs, along with 21 children.
Dec. 2015: The Paris agreement is signed by representatives from nearly 200 countries. They pledge to avert some of the worst effects of global warming and shift economies around the world to cleaner energy sources. https://lat.ms/2KdgN1k
June 2017: Trump quits the Paris agreement. https://lat.ms/2Xa6PS8
Oct. 2018: The IPCC releases a special climate change report which concludes that emissions must drop to roughly half of 2010 levels by 2030 to limit global warming to a 1.5-degree Celsius rise. https://lat.ms/2U9iwLk
Also Oct. 2018: Juliana v. U.S. is delayed. Rallies are held across the country to support the plaintiffs. https://lat.ms/2WaNKCO
March 2019: Hundreds of students walk out of school as part of a day of action to demand that more be done to combat climate change. https://lat.ms/2TRVPdz
Tuesday: A hearing to determine whether or not Juliana v. United States can finally proceed to trial is taking place. https://lat.ms/2Xj6jRI
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