DENVER (AP) – Backers of a movement to fight climate change through the courts plan to rally in Denver this weekend.
Supporters plan to march to Civic Center Park across from the state Capitol on Saturday.
They’re backers of the iMatter movement, which has filed lawsuits on behalf of children and young adults in courts across the country, including in Colorado. The lawsuits aim to force government intervention on climate change.
The goal is to have the atmosphere declared for the first time as a “public trust” deserving special protection. That’s a concept previously used to clean up polluted rivers and coastlines, although legal experts aren’t sure if it can be successfully applied to climate change.
Congressman Jared Polis plans to attend. Organizers say actresses Daryl Hannah and Sheryl Lee will also be there.
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