A group of young people can sue the federal government over its climate change policies, the Supreme Court said Friday. Since it was first filed in 2015, the government has requested several times that Juliana v. United States be dismissed.
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Weary of a political system that many young Americans see as rigged against their generation, and fired up to elect candidates who they believe support the issues they care about, a surge of young adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have registered to vote this year, according to data from 39 states compiled by Targetsmart, a Democratic polling firm.
Young activists like Anaïs Peterson are focusing in pushing climate change to the center of the political arena. Peterson, a college student, is indicative of an emerging trend among youth demanding that older policy-makers act to mitigate the consequence of climate change that younger people will take on.
Thousands of millennials, along with older supporters, will gather in Washington for a march organized by environmental advocacy youth-group #ThisIsZeroHour. Sister marches will take place across the country as marchers demand that policy-makers address mitigating climate change with the urgency the issue deserves.
It sets a precedent that could lead to similar victories around the world.
15-year-old Jamie Margolin recounts her experiences lobbying politicians in Washington state.