The Young People's Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S.

36 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2019

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Warren Binford

Willamette University College of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2019

Abstract

This amicus curiae brief was filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by Zero Hour on Behalf of approximately 32,340 children and young people in the landmark climate change lawsuit, Juliana v. U.S. The brief explains how the government's affirmative acts to support the fossil fuel industry violate the constitutional rights of youth to life, liberty, and property because of the impact that fossil fuels have on climate change. The brief also argues that the rights of youth to natural inheritance are held in public trust by the government, as well as that the U.S. Constitution imposes on all three branches of the U.S. government the duty to protect its citizens, including the nation's children and youth, and vests in the courts the power and responsibility to interpret the law, which in this case compels a finding that the young plaintiffs are entitled to take their legal claims to trial.

Keywords: climate change, children's rights, constitutional law, Juliana v. U.S.

Suggested Citation

Binford, W. Warren Hill, The Young People's Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S. (March 1, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3368038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3368038

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