SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) — Rallies were held around the country Sunday, including here in San Diego, in support of a climate change lawsuit.
The lawsuit, which was supposed to be heard in a U.S. district court in Oregon on Monday, was put on hold after the U.S. Supreme Court intervened.
The plaintiffs argue that government officials have failed to protect the atmosphere and other public trust resources.
"This is a prime example of people who just want to stand up for their community and for their own future,” said 17-year-old Sarah Mola.
Mola, a senior at High Tech High in Point Loma, was among the crowd that gathered downtown Sunday with the group is demanding the federal court case nicknamed the “Climate Trial of the Century” be allowed to move forward.
The lawsuit Juliana vs U.S. was filed back in 2015 by 21 plaintiffs from all over the country. Kids 11 to 22-years-old allege the federal government failed to stop climate change by promoting the use of fossil fuels for decades. And because of that their constitutional rights to "a climate system capable of sustaining human life” have been violated.
The case was supposed to be heard in a U.S. district court in Eugene, Oregon, but is now in limbo after the Supreme Court intervened at the request of the Trump administration.
Sunday’s rally in San Diego one of more than 70 rallies held across the country and those who took part in it say they’ll continue to stand strong.