Student activist group files climate-change lawsuit against R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Student group Nature’s Trust Rhode Island has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court to force the state to comply with its petition to take decisive action on climate change, ecorinews.org reported Nov. 3.

The 200-page petition seeking a statewide plan that includes the precautionary principle, environmental justice, an emissions budget and accounting, natural carbon storage, and negative emissions was denied by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management on Oct. 5.

The group is made up of 12 students, from second grade to graduate school. In its appeal, the group says DEM failed to offer adequate reasons for denying the petition, which is required for a request for an administrative action.

“My generation is the one that is going to be inheriting the incredibly damaging impacts of the continued burning of fossil fuels,” Zanagee Artis, a Brown University student and co-founder of Zero Hour, a youth-run environmental activist group, told ecorinews.org.

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