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Twenty-one brave youth are demanding the legal right to a stable climate and a sustainable future. The government and their partner, the fossil fuel industry, are fighting back.
 

YOUTH v GOV takes an intimate look at a group of youth plaintiffs, ages 8–19, as they embark on the ground-breaking and possibly most important climate change litigation of the 21st century, what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein have called the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” Coined the “modern David vs. Goliath” story, this film take us on their journey as they fight the US government and the fossil fuel industry to secure their legal right to a healthy atmosphere and a stable climate for not only their generation, but for generations to come. What began on Mother’s Day in 2011 with legal actions across the US has now culminated into a federal lawsuit against the US government for our leaders’ collective failure to protect our atmosphere in trust for their future. The youth are joined in their lawsuit by Dr. James E. Hansen – the world’s leading climate scientist and the lead plaintiff for future generations.

As the legal team works to protect these youth’s right to a sustainable future, they unearth evidence of decades of collusion between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to cover-up and minimize the consequences of global carbon dioxide emissions. YOUTH v GOV follows this historic legal case to its closing and tracks the youth stories of climate impact along the way. From historic flooding in Louisiana to the droughts in the West, from sea level rise and toxic algae along the Florida coast to devastating wildfires, from drastically reduced snowfall in Alaska to dying reefs and contaminated water systems in Hawaii’i, these youth are fighting for their futures and telling the truth to bring these injustices to light. The question is whether the US government will continue to recklessly collaborate with the fossil fuel industry for profits for the few, while daring to put our futures at risk.

 
 
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Lawsuit Quote


FEDERAL LAWSUIT

"Defendants have infringed on Plaintiff's fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Their acts also discriminate against the youth plaintiffs, who will disproportionately experience the destabilized climate system."

- Kelsey Cascade Rose Juliana; et al., v. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; et al.

Lawsuit Quote


FEDERAL LAWSUIT

"Defendants have infringed on Plaintiff's fundamental constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Their acts also discriminate against the youth plaintiffs, who will disproportionately experience the destabilized climate system."

- Kelsey Cascade Rose Juliana; et al., v. The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; et al.

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Fossil Fuel Industry


THE U.S. KNEW

For 50 years, the US government has known of the consequences of global carbon dioxide emissions, but has funded and colluded with the fossil fuel industry to continue the destructive practices of fossil fuel extraction.

 

The US is responsible for more than 1/4 of global historic cumulative CO2 emissions.

#ClimateKids

#TheUSKnewFirst

#YOUTHvGOV

Fossil Fuel Industry


THE U.S. KNEW

For 50 years, the US government has known of the consequences of global carbon dioxide emissions, but has funded and colluded with the fossil fuel industry to continue the destructive practices of fossil fuel extraction.

 

The US is responsible for more than 1/4 of global historic cumulative CO2 emissions.

#ClimateKids

#TheUSKnewFirst

#YOUTHvGOV

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Constitutional Rights


BASIS OF LAWSUIT

 

Fundamental rights to life, liberty and property under the Fifth Amendment.

The right NOT to be put in danger by their government.

The right to equal protection under the law.

Constitutional Rights


BASIS OF LAWSUIT

 

Fundamental rights to life, liberty and property under the Fifth Amendment.

The right NOT to be put in danger by their government.

The right to equal protection under the law.

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Defendants


BIG OIL

Nearly every oil and gas company in the world asked for permission to oppose the landmark climate lawsuit, citing that the lawsuit poses "a direct threat to [their] businesses," which the courts granted. They now sit side-by-side with the US government, with the youth fighting for their future on the other side.

Defendants


BIG OIL

Nearly every oil and gas company in the world asked for permission to oppose the landmark climate lawsuit, citing that the lawsuit poses "a direct threat to [their] businesses," which the courts granted. They now sit side-by-side with the US government, with the youth fighting for their future on the other side.