A cadre of young climate activists packed a Seattle, Washington courtroom on Tuesday to hear oral arguments in a case that they say could change the course of their futures.The trial is over the refusal by the Department of Ecology (DOE), which oversees state environmental laws, to set a cap on carbon emissions. And eight young teens who showed up for its opening day were more than just spectators—they were plaintiffs.\u0022We\u0026#039;re the ones who have to live with it if the oceans are acidic and the planet is 5 degrees warmer,\u0022 said Gabriel Mandell, 13. \u0022The snowpack is melting. Ocean is acidifying. The Earth is warming. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong, and we need to fix it.\u0022Zoe Foster, 12, added, \u0022Kids understand the threats climate change will have on our future. I\u0026#039;m not going to sit by and watch my government do nothing. We don\u0026#039;t have time to waste. I\u0026#039;m petitioning my government to take real action on climate, and I won\u0026#039;t stop until change is made.\u0022In a case brought by the youth-focused nonprofit Our Children\u0026#039;s Trust, based in Oregon, the petitioners argue that they presented the DOE with current scientific data on climate change and petitioned the agency to consider statewide emissions reductions to 350 parts per million (ppm) by the end of the century to help Washington do its part in curbing climate change. But the DOE denied their requests, even after an initial ruling in May that ordered the agency to reconsider the petition. \u0022I\u0026#039;m not going to sit by and watch my government do nothing.\u0022—Zoe Foster, 12Now the kids are back in court. Any further delay on the case risks their right to a livable future, they said Tuesday.And according to some legal experts, the decision could set a precedent for similar cases taking off around the country.\u0022Under the law, the people of this state, including the kids who have brought this case, have a fundamental right to a healthy environment,\u0022 said Andrea Rodgers, an attorney at the Western Environmental Law Center who is representing the plaintiffs. \u0022Faced with the increasing harms posed by climate destabilization and ocean acidification, the young people brought this lawsuit to vindicate this right on behalf of themselves and future generations.\u0022\u0022These brave kids have worked extremely hard to present Ecology with the most current and best available climate science, all of which the agency has ignored,\u0022 Rodgers continued. \u0022It is now time for the court to step in and direct Ecology to initiate a rulemaking process based on the best available science—not the most convenient policy—to protect these youths\u0026#039; fundamental rights.\u0022\u0022Ecology\u0026#039;s legal obligations to protect the air and water resources in this state are clear; now it is up to the judge to enforce those laws,\u0022 Rodgers said.The DOE is currently relying on 2008 standards to create its current emission reduction targets of 399ppm. But the agency has also previously admitted that those standards \u0022should be adjusted to better reflect the current science\u0022 and \u0022need to be more aggressive in order for Washington to do its part to address climate risks.\u0022Another plaintiff, 15-year-old Aji Piper, said Tuesday, \u0022It is my future. You know, there’s these things that you just—you lose them and then it’s really hard to get them back.\u0022Our Children\u0026#039;s Trust filed similar lawsuits and legal actions in a number of states around the country. The group\u0026#039;s executive director, Julia Olsen, said Washington is obligated by law to protect shared natural resources such as fresh air.\u0022[T]hese young people have the right to a healthful environment...how you protect that right depends on the science and what scientists are telling us is happening to our climate system,\u0022 Olsen said. \u0022The young people brought this lawsuit to vindicate this right on behalf of themselves and future generations.\u0022—Andrea Rodgers, attorneyAs Christine Wood, a professor of environmental law and founding director of the University of Oregon\u0026#039;s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, explained to Cascadia Weekly, \u0022In Washington, there are very strong public trust cases affirming the public\u0026#039;s right to protect crucial resources.\u0022Judge Hollis R. Hill is expected to issue a decision before the end of the year.