Why I Am A 16-Year-Old Climate Activist

I started taking action in my home state, joining 12 other young people in Washington filing a constitutional climate action lawsuit against the state, Gov. Jay Inslee, and several state agencies in King County Court for their refusal to take sufficient climate action. Our case is not entirely unique. There’s a similar effort underway in the Juliana v. United States case, in which a group of kids are suing the U.S. government for failing to take action on climate change. While we’re suing Washington state, they’re suing Washington, D.C. And recently, judges ruled that despite the protests of the Trump administration (like the Obama administration before it, fighting this case is one thing they have in common) their suit can move forward. It may not be the exact same as the suit I’m in, but it’s an encouraging step forward.


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