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Florida Youths Name DeSantis In Amended Lawsuit Over Climate Change


Eight Florida youth have amended a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to protect them from climate change to name Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis.

The lawsuit alleges the state has violated the youth's constitutional rights to life, liberty and property by supporting policies that accelerate climate change.

It also was amended to name Agriculture Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried and cite the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which concluded the impacts of a warming world are intensifying.

The plaintiffs range in age from 10 to 20.

The lawsuit is the latest in a series across the country supported by the non-profit Our Children's Trust, which also has sued the federal government.

The DeSantis transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.