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State settles climate action lawsuit with Hawaii youth

The state of Hawaii has settled a nearly two-year lawsuit filed by over a dozen youth plaintiffs who alleged that the Department of Transportation violated their constitutional rights “to live healthful lives in Hawaii now and into the future.”

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Navahine F., plaintiff, speaks on Thursday. In Navahine F. v. Hawaii Department of Transportation, the plaintiffs argued that despite the state’s goals to be a leader in climate action, emissions from the transportation sector keep rising, with the DOT unable to hit interim benchmarks to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions since 2008.
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Regina Mesina D-R., plaintiff, speaks on Thursday.
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Gov. Josh Green, middle, welcomed the 13 youth plaintiffs and their representatives in his ceremonial office at the state Capitol to announce that they have settled the case before trial.
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Rylee Brooke Kamahele, plaintiff, speaks on Thursday.
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Andrea Rodgers, deputy director of U.S. strategy for Our Children’s Trust, is co-counsel for the plaintiffs.
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Gov. Josh Green speaks on Thursday.
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Pahonu C., plaintiff, speaks on Thursday.
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Leina'ala L. Ley, senior associate attorney with the Earthjustice Mid-Pacific office, was co-counsel for the Navahine plaintiffs.
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DOT Director Ed Sniffen and Gov. Josh Green.
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Pahonu C., left, youth plaintiff, Gov. Josh Green, Rylee Brooke K., youth plaintiff, and Navahine F., youth plaintiff, after Thursday's press conference.
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Ciara W.K. Kahahane, deputy attorney general, speaks on Thursday.

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