As Buffalo Springfield sang in 1967, “There’s something happening here…” But today’s youth revolution is happening far beyond the Sunset Strip. The Trump administration’s dismissal of climate change as a legitimate concern is energizing a new generation of teenage activists. Emboldened and supported by groups like Earth Guardians, Heirs to Our Oceans and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE), young people are taking their knowledge of climate science into the streets and into the courts, pressing for environmental change and for more government action now to protect their future and ours.
UPDATE: Since this discussion was held the fossil fuel trade association, which aligned itself with the federal government, changed their minds, and asked to withdraw from the case. Phil Gregory, one of the attorneys representing the 21 young people suing the federal government, explains what that withdrawal means.
James Coleman, High School Senior; Fellow, Alliance for Climate Education
Lou Helmuth, Deputy Director, Our Children's Trust
Corina MacWilliams, Co-director, Earth Guardians 350 Club, South Eugene High School
This program was recorded live at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on March 16, 2017.