Canadian youth revise climate lawsuit as US cases falter

By Lesley Clark | 06/04/2024 06:20 AM EDT

The move comes as similar legal challenges against the U.S. government face new challenges.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Christinne Muschi/The Canadian Press via AP

This story was updated at 2:30 p.m. EDT.

A group of Canadian youth has revised its lawsuit claiming that the federal government is interfering with kids’ rights to a safe climate.

The revision filed Friday comes six months after Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal ruled unanimously that courts should be allowed to determine whether the country is failing to provide its residents with a healthy environment. The amended filing by young residents of seven provinces and one territory in La Rose v. His Majesty the King argues that the government’s action — or in some cases, inaction — violates basic human rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


“The ability of children and youth to live in a safe climate system is a fundamental freedom,” the latest complaint says.