Ninth Circuit Finds No Standing in Kids’ Climate Suit

In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth Circuit reversed the trial court judge in the climate change public trust case, and ruled that the Plaintiff children lack standing because they cannot demonstrate redressability—i.e., the court does not have not have the power to remedy the government-wide actions and inactions that contribute to climate change. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2015 by 21 youth plaintiffs, alleged that the government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property through its actions that cause climate change, as well as failed to protect public trust resources.