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Florida Youths File Appeal In Climate Change Case Against State

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ROBIN LOZNAK / OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST
A group of eight young Florida residents will appeal a circuit judge’s ruling that tossed out a lawsuit seeking to force the state to take steps to address climate change.";

A group of young plaintiffs say they are not dropping a lawsuit against the state and Gov. Ron DeSantis over climate change.

The plaintiffs — who range in age from 12 to 22 — say they will appeal a judge’s ruling last month denying their request to proceed to trial. The judge reasoned the court was being asked to resolve a political question.

The lawsuit accuses the state and DeSantis of violating the plaintiffs’ rights to life, liberty and pursuit to happiness through a reliance on an energy system based on fossil fuels.

The suit argues this reliance allows harm to protected resources. The plaintiffs seek a court-ordered science-based recovery plan.

The lawsuit is one of several against states nationwide over climate change. The group behind the litigation, Our Children’s Trust, also is pursuing a lawsuit against the federal government.

DeSantis’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.