October 01, 2017

Save Yourselves, Kids: The Atmospheric Trust Litigation

David S. Rubinton

“I stepped right in the middle of climate change.” Juliana v. United States, 217 F. Supp. 3d 1224, 1243 (D. Or. Nov. 10, 2016). That’s how Jayden, 13, described the morning of August 13, 2016. She stepped out of her bed into water coming up to her ankles. For weeks, heavy rains and flooding assaulted her town of Rayne, Louisiana. Rayne’s sewer system flooded, which caused a stream of sewage and water to run through her house. For weeks, Jayden and her siblings were forced to stay in their house without clean water or the ability to get fresh food as 25 percent of the town was flooded. Not surprisingly, Jayden, her family, and most of the people in the town became sick with flu-like conditions and her house sustained substantial damage.

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