Youth-led climate group, Zero Hour, filed the Young People’s amicus (“friend of the court”) brief on March 1, 2019 with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of our constitutional climate lawsuit.
In the brief, Zero Hour represents the more than 30,000 young people from across the U.S and 144 other countries who added their names in support. The signatures were gathered through the #JoinJuliana campaign over the course of two weeks.
Youth who added their names were given the option to leave a comment about why they support the constitutional climate lawsuit. This word cloud represents the various words used across all comments. Each word’s size represents how many times it was used.
Some of the reasons youth signed:
GRACE HINNER, COLORADO, AGE 18
I want my children to grow up in a world where the air they breathe is clean and the food they eat has come from sustainable practices. I shouldn’t have to worry about their lives being cut short by the extreme circumstances of worsening climate change.
MH, TEXAS, AGE 9
I’m aware of climate change and pollution because I suffer by getting sick at least once a month and I’m just nine. My home is outside of Houston Tx and the contamination is bad as you go on the I-10 you can see the difference in the sky and smell. Money isn’t everything let us have a green planet for the rest of our generations we care!
S R, LOUISIANA, AGE 17
In 2016, my community of southern Louisiana was devastated by prolonged flooding caused by climate change. Our infrastructure has been permanently damaged and will not be fully repaired until the prolonged hurricane seasons and increased risk of dangerous storms returns to normal levels, which they will not do while climate change continues to worsen.
MICHAEL ZAPRZALKA, ILLINOIS, AGE 20
I support the Juliana Youth because I have seen climate change first hand in my home town. In months like December it’s suppose to be cold and white with snow in Illinois, but recently it had reached temperatures of -50 degrees, turning into a polar vortex, and the following week rising a whopping 100 degrees into the 50s. That is not normal. Many of the birds that fly south have not left, and many of the land animals that hibernate are roaming, risking their life for food. Climate change is threatening the balance on Earth that we once knew, destroying the glaciers in the arctic and soon flooding our lands. I support the Juliana Plaintiffs.
CC, NEW YORK, AGE 2.5
I want to see animals living in parks and fish swimming in the ocean.