Runtime: 110 minutes
Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer: Christi Cooper
YOUTH v GOV
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. These film characters 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. They are African-American, Indigenous, white, bi-racial, and LGBTQ, and their diversity speaks not only to the impacts of climate change, but to the inclusion required if we are to build a better and more just future together. These young people are activists, students, artists, musicians, and farmers, and their stories are universal.
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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.
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