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Kid Climate Lawsuit Featured On “60 Minutes”

Kelsey Juliana on CBS's "60 Minutes"
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Kelsey Juliana on CBS's "60 Minutes"

The young people suing the federal government over climate change were featured on the CBS program “60 Minutes” Sunday. The program highlighted the case that was originally filed in Eugene five years ago.

Kelsey Juliana on CBS's "60 Minutes"
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Kelsey Juliana on CBS's "60 Minutes"

The segment featured Kelsey Juliana of Eugene, who is the lead plaintiff in the case. Program host Steve Kroft asked her why this case is so important.

“This is the climate case." Juliana told Kroft. "We have everything to lose if we don’t act on climate change right now. My generation and the generations to come.” 

Kroft also interviewed attorney Julia Olson. She founded the Eugene-based non-profit, Our Children’s Trust and represents the 21 youth plaintiffs. She told Kroft the government acknowledges climate change is human-caused and has known about itsince the 1970s. The case calls for an end to the US government’s support and subsidizing of the fossil fuel industry and for immediate action to end climate change.

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Rachael McDonald is News Director at KLCC. She’s been with the station for more than 10 years. Previously, she established the Richland, Washington bureau for the Northwest News Network. She also worked as News Director at KAZU in Monterey, California. Rachael has won numerous awards for her reporting.