Babies Should Sue Governments Over the Weather, Experts Say

Hey, now this makes a lot of sense and seems really reasonable.

We just need to let this sort of common sense guide society, and we will easily change the weather and manage the fact that so many souls are now being born in the wrong bodies.

The Guardian:

Young climate activists should be able to fully take part in legal cases that affect them, say campaigners.

As governments and organisations around the world submit formal comments on climate breakdown to the world’s top courts, experts have condemned children’s inability to fully participate in the legal process in almost all jurisdictions.

Young people are particularly vulnerable to the climate crisis. At least 43 million child displacements were linked to extreme weather events over the past six years.

Even for those not on the frontlines, the issue is a widespread cause of chronic anxiety. Britain’s most senior paediatrician recently said the climate crisis posed an “existential risk” to the health and wellbeing of all children.

See: Guardian Experts Claiming Global Warming is Killing British Children (Wtf?)

In response to this, and their inability to influence the political system by voting, young people are increasingly involved in various forms of climate activism.

Children have the right to sue governments over climate change and other environmental threats, a UN rights body recently said. However, the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) still found significant barriers for young people to make claims and fully participate in the legal process.

This issue has come to the fore as part of requests for advisory opinions on the climate crisis brought before three influential international courts.

Although two babies joined their mothers during a recent hearing of the international tribunal for the law of the sea in Hamburg, formal evidence was not accepted from a number of organisations representing young people and the environment.

Kelly Matheson, the deputy director of global climate litigation at the US nonprofit law firm Our Children’s Trust, said she had tried to submit a briefing on behalf of 24 young people late on a Friday afternoon but by midday on Monday it had been rejected.

The international court of justice, which was also recently tasked with providing an opinion on the climate crisis, is even more restrictive about the evidence it will accept; even the Pacific Island students who led the request cannot directly participate.

As a result, the students have produced a handbook urging governments to involve “young change-makers” actively working on climate injustice in preparing written and oral submissions to the court. They are also looking into whether they can attach annexes to state submissions.

By contrast, the inter-American court of human rights, which has been tasked with providing a similar opinion on the climate crisis, is much more open. It allows written submissions from individuals and young people are expected to take part.

I can’t talk about global warming today.

Don’t have it in me.