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Letter to the Editor - Young plaintiffs setting example in climate lawsuit

To the editor,

The 16 young Montanans suing to protect their right to a clean and healthful environment might be the world’s last best chance to save the planet from the climate crisis. The Legislature and the executive branches have failed to do their duty, and now it is up to a judge to make them do the right thing for us all.

Montana’s Constitution is unique. In Article II, under the Declaration of Rights, it lists a “right to a clean and healthful environment” first, before all the other rights. Later, Article IX goes beyond that to describe a duty we all share: “The state and each person...

 

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