A rally in support of a groundbreaking climate change lawsuit will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 29 at the Moakley Federal Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, in Boston.
Is there a constitutional right to a habitable planet? The plaintiffs in Juliana vs United States — 21 young people from across the country — think so.
Their complaint asserts that the federal government has violated their fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by substantially causing or contributing to a dangerous concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, and thus dangerously interfering with a stable climate system.
The lawsuit calls for a science-based National Climate Recovery Plan––a plan that would end the reign of fossil fuels and lead to swift decarbonization.
Despite many attempts by the federal government to have the case dismissed, a trial date has been set for October 29, 2018, in the U.S. District Court in Oregon. On that date people in Boston and across the country will rally outside Federal courthouses in support of this lawsuit, which some have called the trial of the century. When Juliana vs. United States comes to trial, for the first time climate change will be fully heard in a court of law, with testimony by expert witnesses.
The Boston rally is being organized by First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist.
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