April’s Earth Day calls us to celebrate the beauty of our planet and join bold action against accelerating climate disruption. Young people are doing just that. Our Children’s Trust is a coalition of children who are suing the United States Government for violating their right to a livable Earth. A U.S. District Judge hearing their case has declared that “a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” The atmosphere, and nature as whole, are part of the “public trust,” like other resources that are managed by governments on behalf of citizens. This class-action case will be heard by the Supreme Court, which has the power to order the federal government to create and abide by a carbon reduction plan. Young people understand that their future is in jeopardy.
The Green New Deal is gathering momentum in Congress. This is a broad, ambitious and visionary 10-year plan for action. The Sunrise Movement is the rising voice of citizens who see a glimmer of hope for a meaningful future in this bold but achievable proposal. Look online to learn more about these developments. Climate-driven chaos will increase in the next decades. The younger you are the more you have to lose.