Well, what do you know? They did it. In Montana, of all places, a group of young climate activists sued the state, arguing that Montana’s constitution guarantees citizens the right to a clean and healthful environment. And the judge agreed, which will hold the state’s feet to the proverbial fire in considering further mining and fossil fuel development projects down the road. It was the first constitutional climate trial in America, and it could be the first domino to fall as younger generations demand action on protecting the planet to ensure they have the same quality of life as the generations that preceded them.
Some of this group have last names familiar to the fly-fishing community. To all the litigants and their parents we say congratulations and thank you.