A young person suing Florida Governor Rick Scott on climate change inaction: on WMNF’s MidPoint Monday

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Emissions from smokestacks at TECO's Big Bend plant in Hillsborough County. By Seán Kinane / WMNF News (2010).

On MidPoint Monday we heard from one of the young people suing Florida Governor Rick Scott and others in the state government over their inaction on climate change.

We had two guests: 18-year-old college freshman and climate activist Delaney Reynolds and Tampa-area attorney Guy Burns, a Managing Partner at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP.

Reynolds is one of eight young Floridians suing the State of Florida, Governor Rick Scott and others for violating their Constitutional rights by endangering their futures through not doing enough to control the runaway problem of climate change. The lawsuit says the young people, like Reynolds, have been “seriously injured” because of Florida officials’ “indifference” to their “fundamental rights to a stable climate system.”

The defendants are the State of Florida and Governor Rick Scott; the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and its Secretary Noah Valenstein; the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and its Commissioner Adam Putnam; the Florida Board of Trustees of Internal Improvement Trust Fund; and the Florida Public Service Commission.

This is the latest in a series of legal actions filed by youth across the globe demanding that governments protect the climate (including Juliana v. United States) many of them assisted by Our Children’s Trust.

The young people are asking for this: for State to acknowledge that climate change is real and that Florida youth are suffering harm from impacts, and a court-ordered, science based Climate Recovery Plan.

We heard from two of the candidates for governor (Adam Putnam and Philip Levine) on what the state’s role should be in regulating carbon dioxide emissions.

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