"Meet The Activists Behind The New Youth Climate Lawsuit"

"SAN FRANCISCO — Maya Wiliams, 17, already does what she can to tackle climate change. She’s a vegan. She elected not to get her driver’s license, and she turns down trips if they involve airplanes.

Now the high school senior is also a challenger in Genesis B. v. EPA, the latest youth-led climate lawsuit that accuses the nation’s top environmental agency of failing to protect kids and teens like her by allowing the release of dangerous levels of greenhouse gases, decade after decade.

“It’s so terrifying to live in this world as a young person and know the bright future that was promised to us as kids isn’t guaranteed,” Williams said in an interview Sunday, minutes after she joined 17 other young Californians to electronically file the Genesis lawsuit in federal court. “It’s frustrating to see how rapidly climate change is progressing and how little action is being taken to stop it.”

Like the other young activists who agreed to join in the lawsuit, Williams, a Los Angeles resident, said climate change is increasingly disrupting her life. She loves soccer, but smoke from wildfires worsens her asthma. At one point, she and her classmates were confined in their classrooms for two full weeks because the air was too polluted to go outside."

Lesley Clark reports for E&E News December 15, 2023.


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Source: E&E News, 12/19/2023