A few years ago, a group of teenagers in Washington state took on one of our most perplexing problems with a novel strategy: They sued the state government for failing to safeguard the climate for future generations.
The tactic was new, the plaintiffs were young, and yet, they won. A superior court judge ruled in their favor in 2016.
But then nothing much happened.
Now they’re trying again, this time suing the federal government.
Seventeen year-old Aji Piper has become one of the faces of this effort. Now he gives talks and interviews all over, even though he’s still a senior in high school.
Aji and his mother Helaina joined us in our studio, and he explained that the notoriety has been kind of a mixed bag.