Five-year-olds are taking Big Oil to court – and winning

In a packed courtroom in Montana, children lined up one by one with searing testimony about how recent flooding, wildfire smoke and extreme heat have impacted their young lives, writes David Callaway

Tuesday 20 June 2023 16:20 BST
Climate activists are fighting fire with fire
Climate activists are fighting fire with fire (PA)

Last week, Greta Thunberg stood outside her high school striking for climate for the 251st and final Friday, as the Swedish environmental activist prepared to graduate.

This week, a trial in Montana brought by 16 children, aged five to 22, began to decide whether the state violated its constitution, which guarantees a right to a clean and healthy environment.

The youth climate movement, long associated with protesting in the streets or throwing paint on precious artworks in museums, is moving into the courts. Politicians and fossil fuel leaders should be worried.

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