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Update On 17 Year-Old’s Climate Change Lawsuit

Update On 17 Year-Old’s Climate Change Lawsuit

What were you doing at 12 years-old? I’m pretty sure I was hanging pictures of horses on my walls and wishing I had straight hair instead of curly.

There was no such triviality for Alec Loorz. At 12, he founded a nonprofit called Kids vs. Global Warming and began speaking for his generation at conferences, keynote presentations and discussion panels across the nation. In 2008, he became the youngest alumni of Al Gore’s Climate Project training program. Loorz also runs the iMatter campaign, which organizes youth marches around the globe from May 7 to May 14. Like Loorz, many of iMatter’s members are too young to vote in their countries.

Last May, Care2′s Miranda Spencer reported on then 16 year-old Loorz’ most recent battle in the fight against climate change: a lawsuit accusing the U.S. Government with violating the public trust law by favoring corporate interests over future generations’ right to a low-carbon atmosphere.

Find out the basis for the lawsuit and how youth across the country are responding to Loorz’ call to action in the below MinorityReport interview:

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3:06AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

Thanks for posting!!

2:31PM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

That's awesome. Thank you Alec Loorz !

8:11AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

Our countries are starting to sound more and more like Syria!

8:09AM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

The only way to get heard and taken seriously is by sueing the bastards or humiliating them in the media - except the media is in their pockets so that leaves sueing - which most of the time the crown will throw out because they are in the pockets as well, so that leaves us little people with not much except protesting - but the people will prevail!

10:40PM PDT on May 31, 2012

wow! Sure hope he remains safe. This takes tremendous bravery in face of giants who rule the press, warp the law for their own benefit, and have more lawyers ready to whore themselves out than God has angels.
where do I sign up for the class action suit?

7:35PM PDT on May 31, 2012

sounds like a great kid.....

6:21PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Doris - why is it that anyone who brings a lawsuit against someone or a corporation, or in this case the government, is automatically vilified ? Using the courts is a constitutional right (Tort), and is often the only avenue the common person has to hold powerful corporations, the government, etc. accountable for the injustice or harm they have perpetrated.

Nowadays corporations have attacked our Tort rights, and with lies and misinformation they have convinced "we the people" that anyone who files a lawsuit is a bad or greedy person. Without knowing it you have probably signed away your right to sue if your bank, cell phone carrier, employer, etc. have caused you harm or even ripped you off. In very fine print they put clauses in their contracts that say by signing (the contract) you give up your right to use the court system for any grievances you have or any harm done to you. By signing their contract you agree to arbitration to settle disputes, and the arbitrator is almost always hired by the company/corporation whom your dispute is with. This ultimately takes away the power of the people to hold the powerful accountable.

If you would like to see first hand what I'm talking about, you should watch a documentary called "Hot Coffee". It's a very sobering and powerful documentary, and it certainly opened my eyes to something I though I was informed on but wasn't. No matter what your political affiliation, this is something everyone really should watch before

5:46PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Wow! Good on this kid! :)

4:00PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Sounds like Alec is a great kid. Too bad he got roped into the sue-mentality. This is unworthy of his intellect. Go for it Alec and find another outlet.

2:32PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Alec Loorz is now my new hero. Go buddy, go!

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