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June National Call — Our Children’s Trust, Youth v. Gov Hawaii
June 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Climate Justice in Hawaiʻi – Youth Have A Right To Live Healthful Lives In A Life Sustaining Climate
Hear from Rylee Brooke, one of the Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation youth plaintiffs and attorneys, Kimberly Willis and Joanna Zeigler, to learn about this constitutional climate lawsuit directed at stopping climate pollution from transportation systems. Learn how you can support these 14 Children of Hawaiʻi as they proceed toward trial to protect their right to live healthful lives in Hawaiʻi now and into the future!
On June 1, 2022, 14 youth in Hawaiʻi filed a constitutional climate lawsuit, Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation, against the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT), HDOT Director Jade Butay, Governor David Ige, and the State of Hawaiʻi. The youth plaintiffs claim that their state DOT’s operation of a transportation system that results in high levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions violates their state constitutional rights, causing them significant harm and impacting their ability to “live healthful lives in Hawaiʻi now and into the future.” The youth seek to ensure HDOT steps up to meet the state legislature’s goal to decarbonize Hawaiʻi’s economy and achieve a zero emissions economy by 2045.
On April 6, 2023, the Honorable Judge Jeffrey P. Crabtree ruled in favor of the 14 youth plaintiffs, denying the state’s attempt to prevent their case from proceeding to trial. The young plaintiffs and their attorneys are now gathering evidence in preparation for trial, scheduled to begin September 26, 2023.
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Rylee Brooke K. Youth Plaintiff, Navahine F. v. Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation
Rylee is a 15-year-old born and raised in Mililani, O’ahu. She relies on locally grown and harvested food sources as a staple to her diet, such as poi, laulau leaves, limu, and poke. She also loves to participate in ocean activities such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming. Climate change has affected her food sources and ocean activities due to flooding, decrease in streamflow and changing ocean conditions.
Staff Attorney, Kimberly Willis earned her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2019 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Environmental Law Journal. Throughout law school, Kimberly dedicated herself to public interest environmental litigation. She worked as a law clerk with Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, and the Natural Resources Law Section of the California Department of Justice. Kimberly began her work at Our Children’s Trust as a Climate Law Fellow, and now serves as a Staff Attorney providing support in all aspects of OCT’s litigation in state and federal cases. In her free time, you’ll find Kimberly baking her signature pumpkin cranberry bread or planning her next backpacking trip.
Our Children’s Trust is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. We work to protect the Earth’s climate system for present and future generations by representing young people in global legal efforts to secure their binding and enforceable legal rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate, based on the best available science. We support our youth clients and amplify their voices before the third branch of government in a highly strategic legal campaign that includes targeted media, education, and public engagement work to support the youths’ legal actions. Our legal work – guided by constitutional, public trust, human rights laws and the laws of nature – aims to ensure systemic and science-based climate recovery planning and remedies at federal, state, and global levels.