Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott is facing a lawsuit filed by a group of young people alleging that he violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
The young Floridians also accused Gov. Scott’s administration of causing harm to Florida’s natural resources through his fossil fuel energy policies.
In their complaint, the eight youngsters including Delaney Reynolds and Levi Draheim, both well-known climate activists, claimed the governor’s administration violated the Florida Constitution and its common law. They argued that the governor and his administration failed to take action to prevent climate change.
According to them, Gov. Scott and his co-defendants committed “unconstitutional contributions to climate change.” The youngster argued that the governor created and operated a fossil fuel energy policy that “caused widespread harm” to them and to Florida’s natural resources.
Additionally, they pointed out that the governor and his co-defendants “have not responded reasonably” to the urgent crisis of climate change. Instead their action worsens the problem.