What is Intergenerational Justice in light of the climate crisis we are facing?
It is defined by our responsibilities and duties to future generations. It forces us to consider the choices that we make today. Are we being responsible or selfish?
Juliana v. United States: A lawsuit filed in 2015 by 21 youth (8 years old to 19 years old at the time of the filing) asserting that the government has violated youth rights by allowing activities that threaten their right to life, liberty, and property. In 2016, the idea of “a climate system capable of sustaining human life” was upheld as a fundamental right. The plaintiffs have 50 years of evidence showing that human activity (and the government’s affirmative actions) has caused climate change. Currently, the decision from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is pending. We must wait to see if this will go to trial.
Greta Thunberg, then 15 years old, stood outside the Swedish parliament calling for bold climate action. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee has mobilized an estimated million-plus young people to do the same. She will be arriving to the UN Climate Change Summit by sailboat powered by wind and solar.
Will you stand with the youth? On September 20, join a strike or express your support by writing or calling your legislator. Will you commit to becoming a Climate Voter? Whatever you do, just don’t stand in the way.
LV-AH-MP-BG Environmental Committee