Kids sue over global warming, movement suggests we all need to be more active
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
5/6/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Youth are teaming up with lawyers to sue the government for failing to act on climate change. They recognize that the current administration is only giving lip service to the issue. Their activism can serve as a template for other important social movements.
Kids are being enlisted to promote a green initiative, imagine if they were awakened to other dangers inherent in the system.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Teenage plaintiffs have teamed with lawyers to sue the Obama administration over failure to act against climate change. The nonprofit group Kids vs. Global Warming has brought a case to court with the intention of spurring the government to act on climate change.
The case is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and combines lawyers, scholars, and teenagers. WildEarth Guardians is also part of the case and represents thousands of teens. Five teenagers are specifically named as plaintiffs and they are asking the government to do more to protect our natural resources.
While one may agree or disagree with these youth and the lawyers that represent them, their movement suggests a template for future activism which we should not ignore.
Our youth deserve a voice and the country we have built today may not be the country they look forward to living in tomorrow. Our nation has lost its moral compass, and appears to be entirely for sale to the highest bidder. Our moral fabric is rent in two, and values have been trumped by cash and votes.
It makes sense then, that a counterrevolution against corruption be started -to possibly save the original revolution of our founding fathers. The counterrevolution will require motivated youth, who team with legal representatives and other advocates who share their vision for a better, more moral and just society.
Imagine if this kind of effort were directed against the horrors of abortion, or the tax-and-spend policies of the past several presidential administrations. Imagine if freedom returned as a paramount value in our society and it was our youth who sued to have it restored.
Of course, the youth should not be used to advance legal causes that are the responsibility of adults, but with the corruption of so many ahead of them in the political line, it is difficult to blame them for being upset about the future.
The time has come for our nation's adults to awaken to the reality that our state is corrupt, its leaders advocate only their self-interest, and if we wish to preserve our republic then we need to act now. If we cannot sue, or obtain a fair hearing, then we should be willing to exercise Article V of the U.S. Constitution which allows the states to approve constitutional amendments. Barring that, we should be willing to find other ways to advance the cause of freedom.
It's heartening to see our youth taking a stand for making a better nation for all of us. Now if we can mobilize adults to support moral changes in the government and law, we can ensure a better future for ourselves and our children.
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