Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer: Christi Cooper
Language: English


YOUTH v GOV is the story of the Juliana v. The United States of America constitutional lawsuit and the 21 American youth, ages 14 to 25, who are taking on the world’s most powerful government. Since 2015, the legal non-profit Our Children’s Trust, has been representing these youth in their landmark case against the U.S. government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, personal safety, and property through their willful actions in creating the climate crisis they will inherit.

As leaders in the youth climate movement, the twenty-one plaintiffs of Juliana v. The United States of America represent the diversity of American youth impacted by the climate crisis. They hail from 10 states: Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Louisiana, and New York.  The young plaintiffs  encompass cultural, economic and geographic diversity and many come from marginalized communities, serving as beacons of hope for those who do not have a platform to share their own stories. These young people are activists, students, artists, musicians, and farmers, and their stories are universal.

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This award-winning film is distributed by GOOD DOCS, which offers Educational and Institutional Licensing for educational use. More information on licensing, screenings, and public performance rights can be found on the distributor’s website:  GOOD DOCS

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The film’s website provides information on ways to get involved and take action. Visit YOUTH v GOV  to support the film movement.

Learn more about the Juliana case and other youth-led climate litigations led by Our Children’s Trust in the U.S. and around the world. Our Children’s Trust represents the 21 youth in the Juliana case. They also have seven ongoing state cases around the U.S. and support over 20 cases globally. There are many ways you can support their work.

The currently active cases are in Alaska, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Please contact Our Children’s Trust to learn more about these cases and how you can support this work.  Click HERE to DONATE  Your contribution will advance science-based climate litigation on behalf of children and future generations across the United States and around the globe,

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