Young people are suing the government for not fighting climate change | Mic Check

Horses are struggling to keep their heads above water in Houston Flooding has killed at least seven people, and over 1,200 have been rescued Science points to climate change to explain the extreme weather in Houston and elsewhere, but all the evidence in the world isn’t enough to sway deniers Something’s not making a whole lotta sense when it comes to inconsistent data So now, a group of 21 kids and teens are taking matters into their own hands by suing the federal government I’m suing the executive branch of the United States federal government I’m suing the United States government, including the president of the United States We are plaintiffs Yeah, we’re plaintiffs P-L-A-N-T-I-F-F Is that right? The kids are between 8 and 19 years old and their lawsuit claims the government’s promotion of fossil fuels directly violates their right to life, liberty and property We’re responsible for much less pollution than past generations were, and yet we’re the ones who are going to have to deal with the impact The number of government officials who deny climate change is baffling Fortunately, the chairman of the U.

S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee believes in climate change Oh wait, just kidding! He published a book calling it “a hoax” and once used a snowball to prove his point Here Mr. President, catch this One snowball disproves climate change the same way one skinny kid disproves childhood obesity It doesn’t The kids’ lawsuit says the government is putting “short-term economic interests” over the rights of future generations by allowing Big Oil to pump CO2 into the atmosphere Meanwhile, big oil companies like ExxonMobil and BP have already tried to intervene in the lawsuit, claiming it could hurt business Yeah, that’s the point Now that a federal judge has approved the kids’ lawsuit, the whole situation is getting very heated — but if you said that to certain government officials, they would deny it This is your Mic Check.