Three Degrees Warmer Supports Alaska Youth to Petition the State of Alaska to Protect Youth's Fundamental Rights

AK DEC Should Take Science-based Action on Climate Change

Three Degrees Warmer is working to support the participation of 16-year-old Solomon Sage, a young leader from Kivalina, as a signatory to the petition for rulemaking filed by youth across the state of Alaska. The Youth’s petition is asking the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (AKDEC) to protect the fundamental rights of youth and future generations by taking science-based action on climate change.

The petition acts the AK DEC to take action to prevent the further destabilization of the atmosphere and the erosion of constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property of current and future generations of Alaskans by acting to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5 percent per year starting in 2018. Only action that is taken in line with the best available science will satisfy the Youth’s request for protection of their fundamental legal rights.

Solomon lives in Kivalina and currently attends school in Galena. “Our village is eroding, our island is shrinking,” he said. “The topic of climate change is important to me….I see the warming temperatures affecting the fish and the berries.” Climate change also “limits Kivalina’s access to clean and healthy water and sanitation,” Solomon said. “Underground sewer systems and pipes are at risk of floods and permafrost melt.”

Read the petition here. The AK DEC will respond to the Youth’s petition on September 27, 2017.

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