The long-haired, hip-hop-savvy, Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh is suing US President Barack Obama and his administration for not preserving the climate.
Tonatiuh is one of 21 plaintiffs suing the president for his failure to stop the United States from using fossil fuels, a first of its kind constitutional claim.
The 15-year-old Coloradan says:
“It’s basically a bunch of kids saying you’re not doing your job. You’re failing, you know. F-minus. We’re holding you accountable for your lack of action”
Tonatiuh became climate change activist at an age of 6 after he saw Leonardo DiCaprio’s environmental documentary, 11th Hour.
At a young age, he also spoke at a rally regarding climate change.
The youth director of Earth Guardians, Tonatiuh, had earlier campaigned for Obama.
He is aware of the U.S. and China’s climate pact; the government’s efforts to make vehicles efficient, but he says it’s not enough to meet the world’s goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.
“Obama has said that climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Talk is cheap. I wanna see concrete action and concrete promises from our country — and commitments for action on climate change.”
He is also worried about their future generation.
“The reason we are fighting for this is because of the world we want to grow up in, and the world we want our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren to grow up in,” he says.
He clarifies that he and other young activists have no political or financial invest.
Another activist, an 18-year-old Kelsy Juliana, said that the present CO2 level is already in the danger zone and leading to devastating disruptions of planetary systems.
In the lawsuit, the activists have argued that inaction on climate change is a violation of their right to life, liberty and property.
Addressing the 21st Conference of Parties (COP), Obama had said:
“Let there be no doubt. The next generation is watching what we do. … I want our actions to show that we’re listening.”