Gen-Z Plaintiffs Impress in Montana’s Constitutional Climate Trial

The first constitutional climate case in the U.S. uncovers a more complicated story of Gen-Z's fight for climate justice.

Source: pxfuel


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The first constitutional climate case in U.S. history wrapped up in Montana last week, with sixteen plaintiffs aged 5-22 making the case that a provision in the Montana Environmental Policy Act violates the state constitution, which guarantees a right to a “clean and healthful environment” for “present and future generations.” The case made international headlines for the plaintiffs’ age and the historic nature of a constitutional climate case, but there was a lot more to the story. Ethan breaks down why the legal case from the plaintiffs was particularly effective, how the defense may have mishandled their argument, and why adults speaking about how “Gen-Z will be the ones to fix climate change” is really frustrating in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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Writer: Ethan Brown, Mo Polyak, Emma Quarequio, Madeleine Salman

Fact Checker: Dare Fitzpatrick

Editor: Megan Antone

Producers: Ethan Brown, Hallie Cordingley, Shannon Damiano, Owen Reith

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Music: Brett Sawka

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