Kids Sue U. S. Government Over Climate Change
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.