By Micah Drew
Flathead Beacon, Montana Free Press 

Landmark climate trial over. Youth plaintiffs describe it as 'just the beginning.'

Counsel for both sides offered short closing remarks Tuesday on the bench trial's final day, with the judge's order expected within weeks

 

Supporters of the young plaintiffs in Held v. Montana congregate outside the courthouse on the last day of trial, on June 20, 2023. Credit: Micah Drew / Flathead Beacon

HELENA - On the final day of a groundbreaking constitutional climate trial that activists hope will establish solid legal precedent and incite systemic change to Montana's standard of approving fossil fuel projects, an 18-year-old plaintiff from Kalispell characterized the end of the lengthy legal proceedings as "just the beginning."

"We're hopefully starting a trickle down of other litigation and activism nationally," Lander Busse, who was raised in Kalispell along with his brother, a co-plaintiff in the case, said at a press conference following Tuesday's closing statements in Helena. "We...



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