Kids Sue U. S. Government Over Climate Change

Steve Kinsman By Steve Kinsman, 11th Dec 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_8mmgpl2/
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While Rome burns as Nero fiddles, a group of kids are trying to force the government to get serious about climate change.

Kids getting involved

At the just concluded climate talks in Durban, South Africa, the United States, along with Canada, China and India, did nothing but talk and effectively de-railed the talks so that nothing was accomplished. Back in America, a group of kids between thirteen and seventeen years old, who call themselves Kids vs. Global Warming, led by seventeen year-old Alex Lopez, has sprung into action. They have filed ten separate law suits, nine against individual states and one against the federal government.

Glori Dei Filippone, 13, from Des Moines, Iowa, one of the plaintiffs in the case, said "My generation and the one after it are going to have to work hard to fix this mess. The generation before us...just kind of thought of the world as limitless."
According to Claire Thompson, writing for grist.org, "the lawsuits are based on a legal theory developed by University of Oregon law professor Mary Wood called 'atmospheric trust litigation.' The theory 'rests on the premise that all governments hold natural resources in trust for their citizens and bear the fiduciary obligation to protect such resources for future generations."

These kids, in doing what they're doing, are showing up our so called 'leaders' and calling the public's attention to their inaction on what is the greatest challenge of our times. Kudos to them.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Lewis Adler
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Well done them. Let's hope they (unlike their older but not wiser forerunners) can grasp the fact that Global Warming and Climate Change are effects ... not causes.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Dec 2011 (#)

Yes indeed. Thank you Lewis.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
11th Dec 2011 (#)

The countries who are the greatest polluters seemed the most resistant at the talks from what I understand. Good for the kids for their effort.
They need to make it about pollution not climate change since so many are trying to prove climate change is not human caused.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
11th Dec 2011 (#)

I fully agree with you Mark. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks, Steve. Interesting article.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar rama devi nina
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks for sharing this, Steve--Right on, kids!~ i agree with mark as well. :)

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you rama devi - today's kids are awesome.

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author avatar Buzz
12th Dec 2011 (#)

The kids know better and they don't lie. Great article, my friend.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz.

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author avatar Val Mills
12th Dec 2011 (#)

Don't all generations do this? I remember as a teenager in the 1960s being part of a group going down the same track. we thought our generation were aware back then. What happened?

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I think we'll find that this generation is different. Thanks for commenting Val.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I'm glad the kids are getting serious about eco stuff. Do you think they'll be heard? I'm not sure.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
12th Dec 2011 (#)

I truly believe they are the generation that will usher in a new world paradigm based on peace, respect for Mother Earth, and living sustainably. Thanks for commenting Sheila.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you Steve for an accurate portrayal of the talks, a local radio station ,broad-casted directly from the COP 17 talks here in Durban last week, and ran a 24/7 news line, and from the start it was crystal clear that USA, Canada, China and India, were just along for the ride. You know Steve, one talks about "Nero fiddling while Rome burns", never was this saying more apparent, than during it's second week of talks,when some Chinese poaching agents had butchered two more Rhinos not very far from where the talks were being held. Chinese mysticism is being hailed by so many westerners lately as the next big thing in the world, they are super brainy for starters etc. Yet it is a known fact that the Rhino horn is nothing more than compressed hair, with no medicinal properties but these 'wise" Chinese sages, being overly preoccupied with sex, are hunting Africa's few remaining Rhinos, into oblivion, because of the "phallic" shape of the horn, I believe. Likewise, our Abalone marine mollusc's also being hunted into extinction by these same super intelligent Chinese, ripping them off our coastal reefs by the 100s of ton loads, for their so called aphrodisiac properties (ordinary Zinc) but here again, symbolism seems to be the only logical reason, since the shape is not unlike that of a "female vagina'. It's as ludicrous as using ordinary fat taken from the now endangered Eastern Tiger's to which menthol is added, and calling it "Tiger Balm". The slogan on the tin loosely translated: The tiger ointment for heroes. Everyone it seems, is hurrying along to sign up all sorts of deals with Beijing, home of some of the wost violators of human rites. But hey, none dare call it a conspiracy.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you for bringing theseterrible practices to people's attention, Tranquilpen. It's beyond disgusting, what the Chinese are doing to those precious animals, and it's also disgusting that the USA, Canada and India, along with China, are de-railing the climate talks.

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author avatar ittech
14th Dec 2011 (#)

thanks for informative post

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
14th Dec 2011 (#)

thank you ittech

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author avatar D in The Darling
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Steve,
Thanks a lot for this. To say the truth, they need to be encouraged. Let another group of kids sue it for war crimes that have killed so many innocent children around the world.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Dec 2011 (#)

I agree with you D. Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Children often open our closed minds and eyes....

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
15th Dec 2011 (#)

Indeed they do. Thank you Delicia.

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author avatar amberdextrous
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Good for those kids!, And good for You too, Steve, for helping to further their cause with your excellent article.

Somehow I doubt that their legal cause will be successful, bt let's hope that it generates enough publicity to hit the law-makers where it hurts -at the ballot-box.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
16th Dec 2011 (#)

Wouldn't that be nice? Thanks for commenting amberdextrous.

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Wow! Kudos to them indeed, and what they say is so right...Just what will we be leaving them? Great article Steve..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
2nd Jan 2012 (#)

Yes - kudos to them. Thank you Songbird.

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