This week, youth leaders across the globe are marching in the streets to rally against global warming as part of one of the largest mobilizations against global change. In addition to making their presence in the streets, concerned young people are joining together as plaintiffs in legal and administrative actions to force action to reduce climate change. Marches are still taking place through May 14th. Are you, or do you know, a young person who is concerned for his or her future? Find and join a march by clicking here.
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“Young people will be affected most by decisions that are made today and yet we can’t vote, and we don’t have money to compete with lobbyists,” said Alec Loorz, the 16-year-old founder of iMatter, who has been tirelessly working on the issue of climate change and global sustainability for the past three years. “We do, however, have the moral authority and the legal right to insist that our future be protected.”
The marches will take place May 7 – 14 across the U.S. and in countries around the world. Both the marches and the lawsuits are focused on getting governments to stop caving into the demands of oil and coal lobbyists and to create “climate recovery plans.” These plans, based on the best science, will establish peak global carbon dioxide emissions by 2012, reduce carbon dioxide emissions on a global scale by at least 6 percent every year and commit to widespread global reforestation.
Young people will become plaintiffs in soon-to-be-announced legal and administrative actions against all 50 states and the federal government to force action to reduce global warming.
“I am a father and a grandfather and am working with lawyers around the country and the world to hold our government to its job — protecting those resources that are essential for our youth and future generations,” said Tom Beers, an attorney from Montana, supporting the iMatter legal actions. “Our children deserve a livable world, like the one we have enjoyed. Alec inspires me to act on behalf of my own children and children everywhere.”