A climate activist since he was 12, then16 year-old Alec Loorz filed a petition in 2011 suing the US government over climate change, reports Katherine Ellison at Mother Jones. He and 4 other teenagers want government officials to do more to prevent the risks of climate change—the dangerous storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and food-supply disruptions that scientists warn will threaten their generation absent a major turnabout in global energy policy. Specifically, the students are demanding that the US government start reducing national emissions of carbon dioxide by at least six percent per year beginning in 2013. The National Association of Manufacturers says regular people can’t ask a court to make major energy and foreign policy decisions, but the kids counter that they can, under the “public trust doctrine”, a legal theory used to protect wildlife and waterways – and now, they want to use it to protect the atmosphere. Inaction by foreign nations doesn’t justify inaction by the US, they add. Founder of the group Kids vs. Global Warming, Alec says that it’s time to ask parents: Do we, your kids, matter?
An Inconvenient Lawsuit: Teenagers Take Global Warming to the Courts. Katherine Ellison http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/05/alec-loorz-global-warming-lawsuit