Youth Activists for the Environment

“We are Power Shift” is a grassroots online community acting as a clearing house for the youth climate movement. It provides a “State Networks Toolkit” for those who want to organize regionally.[i] Youth activists interviewed by Kristin Moe at a conference for young environmental and social activists often had “a radically holistic view of environmental justice that differentiates them from past generations of activists.”[ii] They see the environment connected to labor, race, class, immigration and education, the common activist theme of intersectionality. Her article in Yes! Magazine features activists as young as 11 working on local environmental problems such as mining, fracking (Kids Against Fracking was founded by Emma Bray, 14), and the Keystone XL pipeline. Teenagers in Colorado are involved in Our Children’s Trust where young people from all the US states are plaintiffs in a class action suit against their state governments for failing to protect the atmosphere under Public Trust Doctrine.[iii] It’s derived from English Common Law that defines water as a public resource.

[i] http://www.wearepowershift.org/sites/wearepowershift.org/files/sample%20state%20networks%20toolkit_final%20edits2-1.pdf

[ii] Kristin Moe, “Meet the New Climate Heroes,” Yes! Magazine, October 25, 2013.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/planet/meet-the-new-climate-heroes-faces-of-the-frontline

[iii] http://ourchildrenstrust.org/staff

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