Yesterday, we filed a petition for rehearing with the Alaska Supreme Court on behalf of the young Alaskans we represent in Sagoonick v. State of Alaska, the youth-led constitutional climate case challenging Alaska’s statutory policy of promoting fossil fuels. The petition requests that the Alaska Supreme Court reconsider their January 28th split 3-2 decision and allow the young plaintiffs’ claims to proceed to trial.
In the petition for rehearing, attorneys for the youth wrote: “The profound harms posed to Youth Plaintiffs can be proven at trial and prevented by a declaratory judgment. Or they can be proven by the further unfolding of the climate catastrophe Defendants continue to perpetrate…The [Court’s January 28th decision] guarantees the latter.”
Today, the Alaska Supreme Court ordered the State to respond to the youth’s petition by February 17th. We now await a decision from the Alaska Supreme Court on whether they will grant this petition and allow the young Alaskans their constitutional right to their day in court!
The Team at Our Children’s Trust