- The suit, which got a pretrial hearing on Wednesday, is part of a years-long campaign by a group called Our Children's Trust
- "The leaders we have elected to take care of our planet ... are failing to do their job," young plaintiffs say in suit
Eugene, Oregon (CNN)Nearly two dozen kids -- ages 8½ to 19 -- appeared in federal court here on Wednesday morning. They wore nose rings and braces. Suits too big in the shoulders. Some doodled, others took copious notes. The backs of some heads barely peeked above the courtroom's wooden benches. But these plaintiffs, however young and small, united behind a massive cause that should inspire any of us old folk: They're suing the U.S. government -- and President Barack Obama -- for failing to act rapidly to stop climate change.