These youth represent a nature of hope and promise, positive change that we need for a sustainable future. Their stories are diverse and represent what many people around the world are already experiencing due to the impacts of climate change. They want to share their stories with you, in hopes that you will support their effort to secure their right, our right, and the rights of future generations to a sustainable climate.
"Our federal government has not been held accountable for their gross failure to protect life and the future of life on this earth, forcing us children to take drastic actions to procure the needed motivation in order to save life on this planet."
"We need to reduce carbon emissions now in order to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Building new fossil fuel infrastructure is fundamentally inconsistent with that goal."
"I want my government to understand that climate change is real, changes are happening right now, and things aren't going to get better on their own. Climate change should be the government's first priority."
"We need to protect our land, water, air, and wildlife. Our government is turning a blind eye to our planet, and our future."
"The courts have the ability to impact the lives of future generations and our lives in the future. I am speaking for the future generations, and they would want to have a livable planet as they grow up."
"I am telling my government to stop aiding and turning a blind eye to corporations who profit off destroying our resources, climate, and environment and start acting in the interest of its people. Our lives may depend on it."
"I'm disappointed in my government. Things are continuing to get worse, with more and more people being impacted by climate change. When will the U.S. government pay attention and stand up for our lives?"
"Our government seems to care more about money for the fossil fuel industry than our futures. But money isn't going to matter if we can't fix our planet."
"I am suing the Federal Government because it's the right thing to do. Our future survival depends on our leaders taking dramatic action on climate change NOW, for the sake of future generations and all life on Earth."
"I believe that climate change is the most pressing issue my generation will ever face, indeed that the world has ever faced. This is an environmental issue and it is also a human rights issue."
"Our government refuses to protect our basic rights to life. If those we have put in power aren't protecting our necessities, what purpose are they serving?"
"I work hard to protect the environment and animals near my home. I want my government to work hard to protect my future and the future of the animals and ecosystems in our country."
"As a teen, I can tell you this is our future we're talking about. We have to stop going about our lives as if nothing is happening."
"Our government continues making today's profit a priority over protecting our right to a sustainable future. My generation, without voting rights, hasn't been fairly represented in making decisions that will affect our lives."
"Climate impacts in the U.S. are real and getting worse. We're running out of water, we're faced with record-setting heat waves, and wildfires and superstorms are becoming common. We must act now to protect our planet and our civilization."
"We need to take action because our government isn't protecting our future. I want my children and future generations to be able to live safely on our planet."
"I know climate change is going to have the biggest impact on my generation and generations to come. Our government isn't taking action and we have a very small window to turn this around. I feel a sense of responsibility to take action."
"Climate change is a pressing issue that is causing noticeable changes around us. There is a lack of awareness that the benefits of preventing and slowing the change will highly exceed any present costs."
"Climate change isn't just about temperatures and weather, it's about people. Our earth will be here for millenniums; it's up to us to decide if humanity will be too."
"Climate change is the defining issue our time. The actions those in power take, and decisions they make today, will determine the kind of world future generations will inherit.."
"It's important to spread awareness about climate impacts. I'm suing the federal government, because they need to be doing a lot more to protect our futures."