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Kids vs. Global Warming. Million Youth "iMatter March" on Mother's Day: "protect Planet for our future and generations to come"


By WcP.Tomorrows.H... - Posted on 05 May 2011

Youth for planet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are suing the government in order to create an ‘atmospheric trust,’ arguing that public trust law should protect the atmosphere for people and future generations.

Kids vs Global Warming is a non profit organization founded and led by Alec Loorz, who is now 16 years old.

2011 - on Mother’s Day one million youth stand up for their planet for the future generation’s planet

Kids, the climate-crisis-affected generation, refuse to inherit a damaged planet from us, from parent and grandparent generations. They demand the atmosphere protected for their future. They will have iMatter climate march on Mother's Day, May 7-14; they are taking legal action to claim "the atmosphere belongs to us all". Youth to preserve the planet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced today that they're suing the government in order to create an "atmospheric trust," arguing that public trust law should protect the atmosphere for future generations. The plaintiffs and petitioners on all the cases are young people. Kids deserve a healthy Earth to live, to survive, to call it home. Shall we, parent / grandparent generations, leave behind at least a reasonably sustainable (if not better) place behind us for our kids, for children’s children? Regardless, now kids are standing up for their future.

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"Youth have the moral authority and the legal right, as the generation most affected by the climate crisis, to demand that our governments protect the atmosphere for our future.

We don't have the money to compete with corporate lobbyists, and we may not yet be able to vote, but we DO have a legal right to insist that the planet is protected for our future and for generations to come! We need our government to protect the atmosphere by reducing carbon dioxide emissions and put an end to our unhealthy reliance on fossil fuels."

The atmosphere belongs to us all - No individual or corporation has the right to put as much carbon into the atmosphere as they want. And yet, that's exactly what's happening. The public trust law in our country and around the world says that common resources like water and air are held in TRUST by the government for the people and for future generations. A balanced atmosphere is one of the most important resources we need for our survival. So it should be protected by the government. But it's NOT.

The problem is that our governments are prioritizing corporate interests and profits over our future. This must stop!

Legal Action - We are taking our governments to court to insist that they act as faithful trustees and put these Climate Recovery Plans in place. iMatter is partnering with a coalition of awesome attorneys from around the country and the world, organized by Our Children's Trust, to bring our case to the court.

What we are asking for:
At least 6% Global CO2 Reduction Top climate scientists have determined what is needed to get our atmosphere balanced again at 350 ppm within a century:
• peak emissions in 2011
• least a 6% reduction in global CO2 emissions every year
• 100 gigaton reforestation (especially in the tropics)

It's actually possible to stop the worst effects from happening if we transition to clean energy now. Some countries (like the US) need to drastically reduce emissions immediately. And some countries need to stop deforestation and replant trees. It's going to take ALL of us working together.

But we must act now. The situation gets worse every year we wait. If we wait even a few years, we would have to cut emissions by 10% or even 20% per year. We can't wait any longer and yet politics and worry about short term profits for huge corporations are keeping us stuck. That's why these legal actions are so important. We, the youngest generation, need to use our legal right and moral authority to say STOP!

Future generations are depending on us to stand up for them now.

Why 16 Year-Old Alec Loorz Is Suing the Government in order to create an "atmospheric trust". The plaintiffs and petitioners on all the cases are young people. We are standing up for our future. Youth to reserve the planet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia announced today that they're suing the government in order to create an "atmospheric trust," arguing that public trust law should protect the atmosphere for people and future generations. You can read more about the lawsuit on Loorz's iMatter March website. Below is a guest post from Alec Loorz, the 16 year-old founder of Kids vs. Global Warming and now organizer of the iMatter March. - Ben Jervey

I am 16 years old. This morning I filed a lawsuit against the United States of America, for allowing money to be more powerful than the survival of my generation, and for making decisions that threaten our right to a safe and healthy planet.

Our parents’ and grandparents’ generations have created a problem. They’ve developed a society that depends on burning fossil fuels, like coal and oil, to survive. They never realized that there were any huge consequences to running our lives with fossil fuels. But now, we do. Our addiction to fossil fuels is messing up the perfect balance of nature and threatening the survival of my generation. If we continue to hide in denial and avoid taking action, I and my generation will be forced to grow up in a world where hurricanes as big as Katrina are normal, people die every year because of heat waves, droughts, and floods, and entire species of animals we’ve come to know disappear right before our eyes.

This is not the future I want. And I know that we still have a chance to turn this picture around. But, it’s going to take more than changing lightbulbs and buying hybrid cars. I believe it will take nothing less than a revolution... a revolution in our entire culture and way of thinking, so that we value nature and the future of my generation with every action we take.

And I believe this revolution needs to be led by youth. It’s our future we’re fighting for, and we are some of the most creative, dedicated, and passionate people on the planet. We have the moral authority to look into our parents and leaders eyes and ask them, “Do I matter to you?”

Also, as youth, we are the last group of people in the United States who don’t have any official political rights. We can’t vote, and we certainly can’t compete with rich corporate lobbyists, so we are forced to simply trust our government to make good decisions on our behalf.

However, it’s become clear that our government has failed us, by not protecting the resources on this planet we need to survive. Even though scientists overwhelmingly agree that carbon emissions are totally messing up the balance of our atmosphere, our leaders continue to turn their backs on this crisis.

The time has come for the youngest generation to hold our leaders accountable for their actions.

Today, I and other fellow young people are suing the government, for handing over our future to unjust fossil fuel industries, and ignoring the right of our children to inherit the planet that has sustained all of civilization. I will join with youth and attorneys in every state to demand that our leaders live and govern as if our future matters.

The government has a legal responsibility to protect the future for our children. So we are demanding that they recognize the atmosphere as a commons that needs to be preserved, and commit to a plan to reduce emissions to a safe level.

The plaintiffs and petitioners on all the cases are young people. We are standing up for our future.

But we will not only stand up in the courts. We will stand up in the streets as well.

Starting this Mothers’ Day weekend, the youngest generation will rise up and march in our communities. We will unite together with a powerful voice to call for action on climate change, and demand that our society lives as if our future matters.

We will let the world know that climate change is not about money, it’s not about power, it’s not about convenience. It’s about our future. It’s about the survival of this and every generation to come.

The iMatter March is a series of more than 100 marches in states all across the country, and 25 countries worldwide, including Columbia, Gambia, Germany, Thailand, India, and Nepal (on Mount Everest). There’s even one being planned by the son of an oil executive in Kuwait.

And it’s about more than just these events. This is a movement. A mass movement of young people standing up with a unified voice to tell the ruling generation that we will no longer just sit idly by as they make decisions that threaten our future. We matter. Our future matters.

Thomas Jefferson once said, “Every generation needs a new revolution.” Well this is ours. The time has now come for the youngest generation to make a stand for our future.

This is our revolution. This is our time.

Alec Loorz is the founder of the iMatter campaign and of Kids vs Global Warming. A climate change activist since he was 12 years old, he has spoken to nearly 200,000 people in over 200 presentations, keynotes, and panels. Representing his generation, he advocates for and inspires youth to lead the way to a sustainable and just world. www.iMatterMarch.org to march in your community.

16-year-old Alec Loorz of Ventura, California, listed as a plaintiff in one of the cases, said he latched onto the effort because he thought “it would give us teeth, give us a bigger voice than just yelling and marching."

"People have tried pushing legislation and that hasn’t worked. Obama hasn’t been able to push anything through. The only option we have is the judicial system — taking this to the courts," said Loorz.

Loorz said he began giving public presentations on climate change when he was 13, soon after seeing former Vice President Al Gore’s movie, “Inconvenient Truth."

Read more - iMatter: Story of Global Warming

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Images courtesy of www.good.is, imattermarch.org, and kids-vs-global-warming.com

It is encouraging to know that kids of today are very concerned about the environment. They want a better and healthier living environment. They are fighting for it and it is clear that a poor environment can lead to health problems in all of us.

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