This year, Held v. Montana—the only constitutional climate litigation to go on trial in the United States—was brought by Our Children’s Trust on behalf of children. The Held case was tried in state judicial district court in Helena, Montana, in June 2023. On August 14, the judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in this landmark decision, deciding that the Montana Environmental Policy Act was unconstitutional and that Montana’s constitutional right to a healthful environment includes climate.
Our Children’s Trust also represents the 21 youth plaintiffs in the landmark federal constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, as well as youth in climate litigation and legal actions in multiple other states and countries. It is the world’s only nonprofit public interest law firm exclusively dedicated to representing young people securing their legal right to a safe climate.
Please join the Center for American Progress and Our Children’s Trust for an online event discussing the climate crisis and the constitutional rights of youth. The webinar will highlight the constitutional climate cases filed by Our Children’s Trust.