FLORIDA

  Photo: Daniel Piraino

Photo: Daniel Piraino

April 16, 2017

Today, eight Florida youth, including well-known climate activists Delaney Reynolds and Levi Draheim, filed a constitutional climate lawsuit against the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott, and several state agencies in Leon County Court. The complaint asserts that in causing climate change, the state of Florida has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, and has caused harm to Florida’s essential public trust resources, such as beaches and marine life. The youth are supported by the nonprofit organization Our Children’s Trust.

The youth plaintiffs filed the case, Reynolds v. State of Florida, because the state of Florida is violating their constitutional rights by creating and perpetuating an energy system that is based on fossil fuels. The plaintiffs are asking the state of Florida to adhere to its legal and moral obligation to protect current and future generations from the intensifying impacts of climate change.

PRIOR PROCEEDINGS

In May 2011, Our Children's Trust helped Florida youth and partners take important action toward achieving scientifically adequate emission reductions in the state. The rulemaking petition referenced below was part of our strategically coordinated national effort in which youth filed official actions in every state. That rulemaking petition, filed on behalf of Florida youth, raised awareness in the state about the scientific remedies necessary to address climate change and educated state officials about their duty to protect the atmosphere. But the petition was denied by state officials. 

June 6, 2011

The State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection filed a denial of the petition for rulemaking. 

May 3rd, 2011

OCT partner Attorney Brett Paben filed a petition for rulemaking with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on behalf of Florida youth residents and Kids vs. Global Warming.