Jump to content

Using kids to file environmental lawsuits: Fair or exploitative?


Recommended Posts


In their battle against fossil fuels, environmental organizations have long used the courts to achieve what they can’t win in the marketplace.


But in an increasing number of recent lawsuits, those organizations are employing a new twist: Using kids as plaintiffs.


Eugene, Ore.-based Our Children’s Trust has been one of the driving forces behind a series of lawsuits in various states with children acting as plaintiffs, some as young as 8 years old.


“We wanted to support young people in engaging in democracy because many of them can’t vote,” said Julia Olson, the organization’s executive director, an attorney and mother of two. “One principal way for them to take action with their government is to bring cases in court and to petition rule-making bodies like agencies at the state level to enact rules to limit carbon emissions.”


But while the strategy has been greeted with cheers in the green movement, the use of what Olson calls “youth plaintiffs” has generated criticism in other quarters.Scissors-32x32.png

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • 1716244153
  • Create New...