Youth Climate Case Rally

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Mon, 10/29/2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Today, the Oregon federal district court in Eugene was scheduled to begin trying the case “Juliana versus the United States”, which seeks a declaration that the federal government violated the plaintiff’s constitutional rights, by causing dangerous carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s atmosphere.

The plaintiffs are twenty-one young people, now between the ages of eleven and twenty-two.

The Trump administration is trying to have the case thrown out, in contradiction of Oregon-based federal judge Anne Aiken’s order.

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a stay on the case, citing the cost of litigating it, and in response young people have taken to the streets in cities across the country, including in Portland at a rally this morning at Terry Schrunk Plaza in Downtown Portland, in support of the federal constitutional rights case “Juliana versus the United States”.

The plaintiffs filed a brief in the case today, in hopes of having the Chief Justice let it move forward by the end of the week.

KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg and Layla Kanaan [CAY-nen] were on the scene, and have this report.

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