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Young Teen vs. the Government in Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a 15 year-old from Boulder, CO is pretty upset at the U.S. government. So upset that he is filing a claim with 21 other teens and suing the government.
The “plaintiffs" are challenging the federal government’s national fossil fuel programs, as well as future proposed programs on the grounds that the federal government has known for decades that fossil fuels are destroying the climate system...yet they are doing nothing about it. And this time it’s constitutional.
This group of misfit kids and activists from around the U.S. are called the "Earth Guardians” a group out to target the government and stop climate change.
Martinez, the leader of the rag-tag group is known as the Kid Warrior of climate change and has even been dubbed the ‘Anti Bieber’ by those opposing him (aka Big Oil companies). Also did I mention he’s a hip hop artist and speaker?
And he’s pretty badass.
"The federal government has known for decades that CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels was causing global warming and dangerous climate change. It also knew that continuing to burn fossil fuels would destabilize our climate system, significantly harming my generation and generations to come. Despite knowing these dangers, defendants did nothing to prevent this harm. In fact, my government increased the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere to levels it knew were unsafe."
Keep on killing it dude, we need more young voices to speak out.
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Yeah, I read more up on this story and he’s go a really goo environmental lawyer on the case too so I’m sure that will help a lot! But we’ll see. Pinning the government against the constitution is pretty heavy stuff @VinMcCarthy
@VinMcCarthy @nicolejb I just watched his TED talk and it sounds like they have a pretty good track record for achieving their goals. They have local campaigns to limit the use of plastic bags and toxic emissions... it's not exactly global, but often if a lot of people work on campaigns within their own communities like this they can actually get more done.
@nicolejb @shannonl5 well that's good to hear then. I think it's important the people in the new/current generation do what they can to make the world a better place. this is the world they are set to inheirit, so they should do everything in their power to make sure it is a livable world.