New voice for the climate? Washington teens sue over emissions policy

A group of young climate activists has asked a judge to find the state of Washington in contempt for what they argue are insufficient emissions rules, part of a nationwide effort from a nonprofit to hold states and the federal government accountable for climate policies in the name of protecting children’s futures.

The eight students, whose ages range from 12 to 16, are calling for the state’s Department of Ecology to produce a stricter emissions reductions plan, after the state adopted clean air rules in September. The new standards are too lax, they argue, saying that they constitute a violation of previous court orders. The department, however, says it has complied with King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill’s April orders to come up with new rules before the end of 2016.

“The most concerning thing to me is that our planet will be destroyed and I would have done nothing about it,” plaintiff Aji Piper told the Associated Press. “We’re bringing this case because we need to have a stronger voice and right now that’s through the legal system.” READ MORE.