Climate Kids Get Hearing Monday Before 9th Circuit

Dec 10, 2017

A group of young people suing President Trump will present their case to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Monday. The 21 youth are suing the federal government over climate change.

Kelsey Juliana, Avery McRae, and Jacob Lebel are three of the young people suing the federal government over climate change.
Credit Rachael McDonald

In an attempt to get the case dropped before it goes to trial the Trump Administration has asked the Appeals Court for a writ of mandamus. This legal tactic would suggest that Federal Judge Ann Aiken of Eugene was incorrect in her earlier ruling that the case could go to trial. Jacob Lebel of Roseburg is one of the plaintiffs. He says he’s confident the appeals court will see the validity of his lawsuit.
"The legal arguments that we’re making which are based on the public trust and constitutional rights." Lebel says, "And I've been becoming more and more convinced and really hopeful and confident that we have a really, really good case.”
If the Appeals Court judges agree with the climate kids aged 10 – 21  , the lawsuit will go to trial in Federal Court in Eugene, in February.