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Attorneys Ask Full 9th Circuit To Hear Teen Climate Case

Kelsey Juliana
Our Children's Trust
Kelsey Juliana

Attorneys for 21 young people filed a petition Monday asking a full panel of the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals to review their climate change lawsuit. In January, a 3-judge panel dismissed the case. 

Kelsey Juliana
Credit Our Children's Trust
Kelsey Juliana

The young plaintiffs range in age from 12 to 23. Their federal lawsuit claims climate change is violating their constitutional rights. In their split decision, the 9 th circuit panel agreed with the premise of the case but said courts don’t have the power to remedy the situation.  Lead plaintiff Kelsey Juliana of Eugene remained undaunted after the January ruling.

“There’s no grace period with climate change. It’s the most pressing issue. And so we cannot wear out. We cannot wear out our resources, our energy, our hope. This case is not over. If anything it’s poised to win now more than it ever has been before.”

The plaintiffs want the full 11 judges on the 9 th circuit to review the case. They’d like it to go to trial in Eugene Federal Court. 

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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.