Rally in support of youth plaintiffs suing the U.S. government over climate change

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People rallied in downtown Colorado Springs Monday, October 29, showing their support for a group of kids suing the federal government over climate change. 

Twenty-one youth plaintiffs in the Juliana vs. The United States case are claiming the federal government is knowingly putting them in harm’s way and violating their constitutional rights by promoting the burning of fossil fuels. 

The lawsuit was filed in August of 2015, during the Obama Administration and is the first time a U.S. court has recognized a safe climate as a constitutional right. 

The case has survived multiple attempts by the Obama and now Trump Administration to stop it, however, the Supreme Court issued a temporary stay, delaying a hearing that was supposed to happen Monday, October 29 in Eugene, Oregon.

About 20 passionate people showed up to a rally in front of the U.S. District Courthouse in Colorado Springs, calling for these young people to be heard at trial.

FOX21 spoke to the mother of a 17-year-old plaintiff in the case, one of two from Colorado. 

Marie Venner said, “Nick is from a family that’s been in Colorado for three generations now. It’s an agricultural family on one side so I guess we’re especially aware of the risks in Colorado of drought.”

More than 90 rallies and events were scheduled in cities across 41 states including San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Washington D.C. with a central rally held on the steps of the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon, where the trial was supposed to take place. 

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