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Young Activists in Montana Win Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Against State

August 24, 2023

Young Activists in Montana Win Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit Against State

Ask students: How does Montana’s Constitution play a role in this court case, and why was it significant in the judge’s decision? Why is it impactful that they actually won the case?

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Monday, a judge in Montana sided with a group of young environmental activists who argued the state was violating its constitution by promoting fossil fuel development without considering the impact on climate change. William Brangham examined the arguments on both sides of the case before the trial and reports on the ruling’s implications in Montana and nationwide.

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Five Facts

  1. Why is it impactful that they actually won the case?
  2. How many people does this impact?
  3. Who is Kathy Seeley?
  4. What is Our Children’s Trust?
  5. Where is the Sabin Center for Climate Study?

Focus Questions

How does Montana’s Constitution play a role in this court case, and why was it significant in the judge’s decision?

News analysis: What background information could have been useful when reading this lesson?

Alternative: See, Think, Wonder: What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

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What students can do: Discuss with a friend, neighbor or classmate — what potential impact might the ruling in this Montana case have beyond the state’s borders?

Student Video of the Day (March 17, 2023)

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

Lesson Plans on Climate Change

Explore more resources for educators to find a wide-range of relevant preK-12 lessons on climate change or supporting young people as they continue to lead the conversation around the climate change crisis.

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