The Earth is amazing but it is also a garbage pile mess. Thankfully, teens across the country who want to clean it up are taking matters into their own hands and suing the sh-t out of their states.
It's part of a movement created by an organization called Our Children's Trust. The group stresses legal action as a way to champion environmental rights, and subsequently, the rights of humans to live on a clean, happy planet.
"We support youth in bringing legal action in courts, administrative agencies and local legislative bodies to enforce the Public Trust duty of government to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, for the benefit of all present and future generations," they explain on their site.
The initiative is spreading fast -- there are legal campaigns in almost every state in America. You can read all about on OCT's website, which is cool. What's even cooler? These kids are winning.
According to a local news source, earlier this month, a group of teens "convinced a King County superior court judge to order the Washington State Department of Ecology to consider statewide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions."
"Andrea Rodgers of the Western Environmental Law Center and an attorney for the teen petitioners called the decision a 'landmark ruling,'" noted Alison Morrow at King 5.
"Kids understand the threats climate change will have on our future," 13-year-old petitioner Zoe Foster, said. "I'm not going to sit by and watch my government do nothing. We don't have time to waste. I'm pushing my government to take real action on climate, and I won't stop until change is made."