Youth-led climate change lawsuit dismissed by Federal Court

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/climate-change-lawsuit-fails-dismissed-1.5778952

A Federal Court judge ruled Tuesday that the Canadian government won’t be going on trial for contributions to climate change — striking down a lawsuit brought by 15 young Canadians who argued the government was violating their charter rights. Federal Court Justice Michael Manson rejected a lawsuit initiated by the youths aged 10 to 19 years old. Their case called on the court to compel Ottawa to develop a science-based climate recovery plan. But Manson ruled the claims don’t have a reasonable cause of action or prospect of success, so the case cannot proceed to trial. The lawsuit filed in 2019 says Canada’s failure to protect against climate change is a violation of the youths’ charter rights.