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11 years old boy have a plaintiff against the U.S. government over climate change

Levi Draheim is an 11 year old kid who lives on a barrier island separating the coast of Florida from the Atlantic Ocean. He is also a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the U.S. government over climate change.

“I don’t even know if the Earth is going to be around when I’m older at the rate that we’re going,” Draheim said in a phone interview before his swim class in Indian Harbour Beach, just south of Cape Canaveral.

● “I really hope when I’m older, if I have kids, that they’ll be able to see where I lived, where i played,” he said. “But I don’t know if I’m even going to be alive or if we’re going to be maybe living on Mars?” Draheim is the youngest of 21 plaintiffs in legal action launched in 2015 by two associations, Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians, against the U.S. government - a case now stalled in the courts for years.

● They accuse federal authorities not only of a failure to act in the face of global warming, but also of “affirmative actions that cause climate change,” including
policies that promote fossil fuels. They say such actions will deprive future generations of their constitutional right to life, liberty and property.

● When you live as Draheim does on a sand dune, just 13 feet above sea level, nature is an everyday fact of life.

● Draheim, who is home schooled, is part of a group of children who have adopted a section of oceanfront beach, cleaning it every week.

● They joined the lawsuit against the U.S. government when their local Minister was contacted by Our Children’s Trust.

● Of course, the fine legal points of the case are a little past Draheim: “You would have to ask my mom about legal stuff.”

● But his tender age does not mean he is any less committed to the cause. “I think about climate change every day, basically," he says.

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