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Sweeping win for Held v. State of Montana youth plaintiffs: a landmark victory for climate justice ๐Ÿ’š

"The strongest decision on climate change ever issued by any court"
In a historic decision, Judge Kathy Seeley of the First Judicial District Court of Montana has delivered an extraordinary victory for the climate movement. In the case of Held v. State of Montana, Judge Seeley ruled in favor of the 16 courageous youth plaintiffs, declaring that the state of Montana had violated their constitutional rights by promoting fossil fuels and neglecting the critical issue of climate change. This groundbreaking ruling not only marks a watershed moment for climate justice but also underscores the vital role that young activists play in shaping a future that is fair and sustainable.
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Judge Seeley's comprehensive 103-page ruling sets a compelling legal precedent, highlighting the undeniable link between greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and the irreversible harm inflicted upon our planet. The court's recognition of the plaintiffs' standing, as well as the government's substantial role in causing their injuries, reaffirms the principle that the government must be held accountable for its actions that imperil the environment and the well-being of its citizens. The court's ruling emphasizes the disproportionate impact of fossil fuel pollution on the youth plaintiffs. By declaring that the state's actions violate their constitutional rights to equal protection, dignity, liberty, health, and safety, the court reinforces the fundamental importance of safeguarding the rights of young generations who stand to inherit the consequences of climate inaction.
This historic decision could be a clear pathway for meaningful change. Judge Seeley's order invalidated as unconstitutional and enjoined Montana laws that promoted fossil fuels and required turning a blind eye to climate change it also compels the state to take science-based actions to address climate change. Julia Olson, Chief Legal Counsel and Executive Director of Our Childrenโ€™s Trust, aptly describes this ruling as a "game-changer" that represents a pivotal turning point in the fight against human-caused climate chaos.
What an inspiring decision! Let's push movements that are working to achieve these victories and organisations such as Our Children's Trust that are supporting youth in their legal fights.
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      Youth and the legal system - way to go to create the change we need.

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        This is very interesting

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          quite encouraging

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            This will also encourage the young people to keep pushing for climate awareness and change

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              We are all winners.

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