‘Climate Kids’ lawsuit featured on ’60 Minutes’


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A special “60 Minutes” report will feature the young people taking on the federal government over climate change.

Juliana v. United States alleges the constitutional rights of the 21 plaintiffs are being denied by the government. 

The so-called “Climate Kids”  include plaintiffs ages 11 to 22.

Lawyers argue that policy-makers continue to promote fossil fuels, despite knowing of their link to climate change and its impact. The lawsuit claims 50 years of evidence.

The suit is named for the lead plaintiff, Kelsey Juliana, a 22-year-old University of Oregon student. Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” interviewed Juliana, who said this case is “everything.”

“We have everything to lose,” she said. “if we don’t act on climate change right now, my generation and all the generations to come.”

The Trump Administration alone has lost five appeals to stop the suit, two in front of the United States Supreme Court.

Watch “60 Minutes” on KOIN 6 at 7 p.m. 

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