Youth Plea to Protect the Atmosphere as a Public Trust is Taken Seriously by All Three Branches of Government
Seven youth from five US states exercised their constitutional rights by visiting all three branches of government, calling for action against climate change on behalf of the entire youngest generation. These youth leaders are part of the iMatter Campaign, and are all plaintiffs in the Alec L v Jackson lawsuit, for failing to protect the atmosphere as a public trust. Like Alec says, "Our generation has no political rights; we can’t vote, we can’t compete with corporate lobbyists... so when our government fails to act with our survival in mind, we must take matters into our own hands. That is what we are doing today.”
This lawsuit calls for a specific plan for climate recovery, using standards set by Dr James Hansen. But it stands for something much larger. We, the youngest generation, are refusing to sit idly by as our future is gambled away. We are demanding that our government begin to value our survival just as much as profits and power... and, once and for all, to govern as if our future mattered.