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Rally spotlights youths’ climate-change lawsuit


Staff Writer

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield held a rally on the Town Common Monday in honor of what is commonly referred to as #Trialof theCentury.

The group held a rally and panel discussion to inform the community about the #TrialoftheCentury and “the impact of climate change on local youth and Greenfield’s own record safeguarding public trust resources,” according to a press release.

The #TrialoftheCentury originated from 21 young adults ages 11 to 21, who are suing the U.S. government, contending that through government actions that have caused climate change, it has violated their generation’s constitutional right to life, liberty and property — and the government has failed to protect essential public trust resources.

The suit was scheduled for trial in the U.S. District Court in Oregon on Monday, the same day as the rally. However a stay was requested on the case.

The rally included music and a dramatization of the pre-trial hearings thus far, including words from one of the plaintiffs, Kelsey Juliana.

People walked on the crosswalks holding posters, as well as photographs of the plaintiffs in the case.

Greenfield resident Sarah Ahern said she stumbled upon the event, but believes in the importance of the case.

“Honestly, after the new climate report, it’s sad if we don’t change direction — it will be catastrophic to


Greening Greenfield held a rally on the Greenfield Common Monday in honor of a lawsuit over climate change brought against the U.S.




humankind, we need to address this,” Ahern said. “What world are we leaving for children? I care about young people and human rights, and I believe living in a clean world is a human right.”

Another Greenfield resident, Patrick Falley, said he cares about environmental issues so he decided to come to the rally.

“We don’t have a whole lot of time, and even if we made a few changes, it could help future generations,” Falley said.

Among the crowd of about 25 people were students from Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Chloe Hughes, 17, said she believes in the other people her age who are taking action.

“I’m almost 18 and I think it’s important, after scientists reported that if we don’t change it could be devastating by 2030 — and that’s well within my lifetime,” Hughes said. “Even if the case doesn’t win, at least we send a message that this generation will stand up for what is right.”

Local activists protest during a rally on the Greenfield Common, Monday.


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