The next generation–those who are not yet contributing to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)–have no say in the CPP’s value system. They will certainly have to pay more in contributions than the current generation is, and for that they may receive fewer benefits.

Youth are rightfully concerned about their future. They wonder if the planet will continue to be livable, should global warming proceed unabated. They also wonder if their CPP will be there for them upon retirement.

In the US, a group of twenty-one youth aged 10 to 21 years are taking action. They have organized under the banner: “Our Children’s Trust”, and in 2015 the group brought a constitutional climate lawsuit against the US government.

Their lawsuit, Juliana v. U.S., asserts that: “…through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.”

After a three year battle in the courts, on July 30, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favour of the twenty-one youth plaintiffs. The Court denied the Trump administration’s application for stay, preserving the U.S. District Court’s earlier trail start date of October 29, 2018. The Court also denied the government’s “premature” request to review the case before the district court hears all of the facts that support the youth’s claims at trial.

If you wish to follow this case as it proceeds through the U.S. court, you can do so through Our Children’s Trust’s website, at: