Climate change and the constitutional right to a livable future

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Kids Want Climate Justice, Minnesota March For Science, St Paul. Photo credit: Lorie Shaull

Four years ago 21 young Americans came up with a new legal theory: the Constitution protects their right to a livable future. Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments that federal policy has violated their right for 50 years by supporting and subsidizing fossil fuels. The result could be a trial and an order for the government to come up with a remedy. We’ll hear about 4 years of judicial action from a reporter and the plaintiffs’ attorney. A leader of youthful activists describes a nationwide movement for action.



  • Julia Rosen - Science reporter for the Los Angeles Times - @1juliarosen
  • Andrea Rogers - Senior Staff Attorney with Our Children’s Trust, an organization working to elevate the voice of youth in an effort to secure the legal right to a stable climate system - @youthvgov
  • Elsa Mengitsu - 17 year old high school senior from North Carolina. She’s an organizer and activist focusing on climate, justice and their intersections between society. - @Elsamengistu


Warren Olney


Andrea Brody