The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to suspend proceedings in a potential landmark climate case that pits a group of youth plaintiffs against the federal government.

The court’s decision preserves the Oct. 29 start date for a federal trial in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

“This decision should give young people courage and hope that (the court system), all the way up to the Supreme Court, has given them the green light to go to trial in this critical case about their inalienable rights,” a lawyer for the plaintiffs, Julia Olson of Eugene, said Monday in a prepared statement.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco earlier this month asked the court to stop the case from going forward. But the court said Monday in a written order that the government’s request is premature.

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