On June 1, Kids Around the World Will Announce New Plans to Fight Climate Change in the Lead-Up to Climate Lawsuit Hearing

We have the right to a future free from climate catastrophe.

May 24, 2019  — On Saturday, June 1, youth climate activists and allies will host nearly 100 coordinated press conferences across the country and around the globe to announce new local actions to fight the climate crisis. Young activists are making these announcements to show solidarity with the 21 young plaintiffs who, with the support of Our Children’s Trust, filed the groundbreaking lawsuit Juliana v. United States — the first lawsuit that calls on the courts to declare a constitutional right to a stable climate — which will have a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday, June 4.

“Climate change is the most pressing issue for our generation,” said Katie Eder, 19, national lead of the June 1st campaign and executive director of Future Coalition. “We’re supporting the Juliana plaintiffs as they fight for our future in court by fighting alongside them in our communities.”

In the nearly 100 coordinated press conferences, youth climate activists and allies will announce new local initiatives they have planned to undertake to combat the climate crisis. These new initiatives will range from campaigns to pass statewide legislation to teach-ins on the Juliana lawsuit to local clean-ups. Activists will host press conferences in cities and rural towns in the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa. One group of youth activists will host a press conference at a Malibu, California house that was destroyed along with nearly 100,000 acres of land during the Woolsey fire. Another press conference is set to take place at a 150-acre PCB-contaminated landfill in rural North Carolina.

More young people are registering press conferences every day. To find a press conference in your area, visit IamJuliana.org.

Apart from announcing new local initiatives, climate activists will use their press conferences to share stories of how the climate crisis has impacted them personally. They will also urge people to stay informed by tuning in to a pivotal hearing in Juliana v. U.S. on June 4, which will be live-streamed. At the June 4 hearing, the Juliana plaintiffs will argue why their lawsuit should be allowed to proceed to a trial — and if the case wins at trial, a court could order the government to create and implement a plan that would help slow down the climate crisis — a historic win for our future and our planet.

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About Future Coalition

Built by youth activists, for youth activists, the Future Coalition is a national network that fosters community and collaboration among youth leaders and youth-led organizations. Young people have the ideas and passion to make incredible change in their local communities, in the country, and in the world. The Future Coalition provides these young people with the tools, resources, and support to power their ideas and amplify their impact.

About Our Children’s Trust  

Our Children’s Trust is a nonprofit organization, leading a coordinated global human rights and environmental justice campaign to implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to below 350 ppm by the year 2100. Our Children’s Trust elevates the voice of youth, those with most to lose in the climate crisis, to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate on behalf of all present and future generations. www.ourchildrenstrust.org

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