Children Sue Over Climate Change

 Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh became a climate change activist at age 6

A group of 21 young activists sued the President Obama Administration in Oregon federal court for not protecting the world from climate change.

The students joined climate scientist James Hansen in suing the Obama administration for failing to ditch fossil fuels.

"It's basically a bunch of kids saying you're not doing your job," he told CNN at the United Nation's climate change conference in Paris.

"You're failing, you know. F-minus. We're holding you accountable for your lack of action."

The environmental group Our Children's Trust issued a statement Nov. 12, claiming the energy industry is threatened by the lawsuit because "nearly every oil and gas company in the world asked for permission to oppose" it.

"In an unusual step, the immense fossil fuel industry trade groups all filed pleadings in the U.S. district court for the District of Oregon seeking to join the lawsuit side by side with President Obama to protect their companies' interests," said the trust statement.

15-year old Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez, a member of the group, became a climate change activist at age 6 when he saw an environmental documentary. He asked his mom to find a way for him to speak at a rally.

"We're holding you accountable for your lack of action," Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh says.

"I wanna see concrete action and concrete promises from our country -- and commitments for action on climate change".

The crucial voice of these kids made international news amid the climate change summit in Paris last month.


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