Kids suing to protect our climate

21 youth plaintiffs are suing the government for failing to act on climate change and protect future generations.

Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh is one of 21 youth plaintiffs suing the federal government for the right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy future. These young leaders have created a wave of action as their case advances through the courts. "The future of our generation is at stake," says 16 year-old plaintiff and Earth Guardian Victoria Barrett.

"People label our generation as dreamers, but hope is not the only tool we have. I am a teenager. I want to do what I love and live a life full of opportunities. I want the generation that follows to have the same chance. I absolutely refuse to let our government's harmful action, corporate greed, and the pure denial of climate science get in the way of that. If anything, I'm going to use my positive energy to show my government that I won't let my world stop for them. WE won't let our world stop for them. Our generation will continue to be a force for the world."

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Earth Guardians Youth Director Xiuhtezcatl Martinez talks about why you should get involved. We are moving forward with courage, strength of heart, and clarity of vision.

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