What is Juliana vs. The United States of America?

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, youth climate activist

Environmental activist and winner of the inaugural Children’s Climate Prize (2016) Xiuhtezcatl Martinez discusses the landmark climate-change litigation case, Juliana vs. The United States of America, in which he is a lead plaintiff. He is one of 21 youth from across the U.S.A. who have come together in this suit with climate scientist Dr. James Hansen to sue the United States federal government for its failure to protect the health of future generations. By neglecting to safeguard the atmosphere on which U.S. citizens depend from threats such as rising carbon-dioxide emissions, which are closely linked to global warming and climate change in scientific studies and assessment reports, the plaintiffs in this landmark case contend that the U.S. government has violated its fundamental responsibilities to protect the public trust.

No Ordinary Lawsuit: Juliana v. United States is a Landmark Precedent for Climate Change Legislation
Case No. 6:15-cv-01517-TC (D. Or. Nov. 10, 2016) — Juliana v. United States
Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Bifrost gratefully acknowledges the leadership of the research network NIES, the media arts collective Zoopeople and the sustainability education project Earth Guardians for all their valuable support and work behind the scenes that helped make the interview excerpted in this video possible.