It’s a big week for young people taking on powerful entities for the environment. On Monday, a judge sided with young activists in Montana who said the government was violating the state constitution with pro-fossil fuel policies. The plaintiffs’ argument was that the state’s policies infringed on their right to a healthy and safe environment. The judge’s ruling means they were right.
I wondered whether something similar could happen here.
The state’s The Environmental Rights Amendment, added to the New York Constitution in Jan. 2022, says, “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.”
It’s unclear whether legal action such as Held v. State of Montana will happen in New York.