Photo: Ryan McKee

Photo: Ryan McKee

We are working to file follow-on legal action in Montana. If you live in Montana and would like to get involved, please contact us


June 15, 2011

The Montana Supreme Court declined to take up the petition for emergency review on the question of whether the atmosphere is a public trust resource under Montana’s constitution because it concluded that the case “does not involve purely legal questions.” The court made no substantive ruling on the atmosphere as a trust resource or any other jurisdictional issue.

May 4th 2011

Youth petitioned Montana Supreme Court for original jurisdiction asking the court to declare “(1) that the State of Montana holds the atmosphere in trust for the present and future citizens of the state of Montana, and (2) that the State of Montana has the affirmative duty to protect and preserve the atmospheric trust, including establishing and enforcing limitations on the levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as necessary to mitigate human caused climate change.” Read petition here.