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Hawaii settles with young plaintiffs in climate case

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🗞️ Driving the news: Hawaii has settled a lawsuit with young plaintiffs by agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation
• This case, organized by Our Children’s Trust and Earthjustice, marks another victory for youth-led climate litigation

🔭 The context: Filed in 2022, the lawsuit argued that Hawaii’s reliance on fossil fuels violated the constitutional right to a clean environment
• Similar cases have succeeded in other states, highlighting a growing trend of youth activism in climate justice

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This settlement demonstrates the power of legal action in enforcing environmental protection and can serve as a model for other states
• Reducing transportation emissions is a significant step toward mitigating climate change impacts

⏭️ What's next: Hawaii plans to fully decarbonize its transportation system within 20 years, expand bicycle lanes, and invest $40 million in electric vehicle chargers by 2030
• However, decarbonizing sectors like aviation and maritime transport remains challenging

💬 One quote: "We got what we came for, and we got it faster than we expected," said Navahine F., the lead plaintiff

📈 One stat: Hawaii plans to spend at least $40 million by 2030 installing electric vehicle chargers

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