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 US 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," Levi told AFP 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 says."But I don't know if I'm even going to be alive or if we're going to be maybe living on Mars?"Levi is the youngest of 21 plaintiffs in legal action launched in 2015 by two associations, Our Children's Trust and Earth Guardians, against the US 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.Their action is separate from but complementary to that kicked off last year by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who sparked weekly school strikes on climate and a global day of action on Friday.