THE CASE

Since 2015, 21 young people from across the country have been suing the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by knowingly contributing to climate change for over five decades.

Since the case was initially filed, the youth plaintiffs have been successful at winning every step of the way, despite efforts by both the U.S. government and the fossil fuel industry to shut it down.

Like Brown v. Board of Education did for civil rights, Juliana v. United States has the potential to become the landmark climate change case of our country’s history.

On June 4th, a pivotal hearing in the case took place in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of young people and allies gathered to support the 21 Juliana v. United States youth plaintiffs. The judges were asked to determine two things:

WHETHER THE CASE SHOULD CONTINUE
TO TRIAL AS THE YOUTH REQUEST

WHETHER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD HALT NEW FOSSIL FUEL EXTRACTION PROJECTS WHILE THE COURT DECIDES THE CASE

THE CAMPAIGN

As with many cases of national importance, public interest in the case and support for the plaintiffs is crucial. To that end, Future Coalition teamed up with Our Children’s Trust, the organization behind the lawsuit, to ensure all eyes were on Juliana on June 4th.

We provided the tools and resources to support young people across the country in holding #AllEyesOnJuliana press conferences on June 1, 2019, the Saturday before the hearing. In total, nearly 100 press conferences took place across the country.

Not only did this nationwide day of press conferences generate excitement and awareness leading up to the Juliana hearing, it also served as grounds for practical training and skills development for young people committed to continuing the fight for climate action and other issues impacting the country.

As we wait to hear what’s next for Juliana v. United States, we hope you will join Future Coalition in the fight to make the future a better, safer, and more just place for everyone. Please consider signing up for our mailing list to get updates and stay involved.

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