Description: Action by young people under 18 years of age claiming that the State of Washington and state agencies and officials violated plaintiffs' rights by creating and maintaining fossil fuel-based transportation and energy systems.
Aji P. v. State of Washington
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/16/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Young People Filed Lawsuit Alleging State of Washington Violated Their Rights by Creating and Supporting Fossil Fuel-Based Energy and Transportation System. Thirteen young people filed a lawsuit in Washington Superior Court alleging that the State of Washington and state agencies and officials violated Washington’s constitution and public trust doctrine through their creation, support, and operation of a “fossil-fuel based energy and transportation system.” The complaint alleged that the plaintiffs “are and will continue to be mutually and adversely impacted by excessive human-caused atmospheric carbon dioxide … concentrations.” The plaintiffs seek declaratory relief, including a declaration that a Washington statute setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets is facially invalid because it authorizes dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in violation of the plaintiffs’ rights. The plaintiffs also request injunctive relief, including an order requiring the defendants to prepare an accounting of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions and to develop an “enforceable state climate recovery plan.” 02/16/2018 Letter Download Letter sent to Washington governor by plaintiffs' attorney. The young people’s attorney submitted a letter to Washington’s governor inviting him to meet to discuss ways to achieve “a constitutionally-compliant Climate Recovery Plan that protects the rights of young people and future generations.”