Hawaii Settles Youth-Led Climate Lawsuit with Bold Decarbonization Plan

Two years after children and teens sued Hawaii over climate threats, a settlement mandates the state's transportation system to be decarbonized within 21 years. The case, the first of its kind, highlights young activists' impact on addressing climate pollution. Hawaii commits to zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

PTI | Honolulu | Updated: 22-06-2024 07:50 IST | Created: 22-06-2024 07:50 IST
Hawaii Settles Youth-Led Climate Lawsuit with Bold Decarbonization Plan
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In a landmark legal development, Hawaii has reached a settlement with children and teens who sued the state over climate change impacts. The agreement commits Hawaii to an ambitious plan to decarbonize its transportation system within the next 21 years.

The lawsuit, known as Navahine v. Hawaii Department of Transportation, is the world's first youth-led constitutional climate case focusing on transportation. It was argued that the state's transportation system exacerbated climate change, violating the constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment.

Key terms of the settlement require zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and significant investments in sustainable transport infrastructure. The case underscores the growing influence of youth activism in shaping environmental policy.

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