SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked a high-profile climate change lawsuit that 21 young activists brought against the federal government.
The order issued Friday by Chief Justice John Roberts freezes trial proceedings in U.S. District Court in Oregon until lawyers for the young people provide a response and until another court order.
Justice Department lawyers had asked the high court Thursday to dismiss the case before it went to trial Oct. 29.
The lawsuit alleges the federal government has violated young people’s constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate.
They have said their generation bears the brunt of climate change and that the government has an obligation to protect natural resources for present and future generations.
The young activists have until Wednesday to provide a response.