Through The Lens: ‘Youth V Gov’

Apr 15, 2021

The planet’s youngest generations will bear the weight of climate change. So some young people are fighting back — by suing the United States government.

In 2015, 21 young people — some of them children — sued the federal government. Their claim? That the U.S. has violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and safety by failing to address the climate crisis. These plaintiffs say that it’s people like themselves who will suffer the most because of the government’s inaction. The documentary Youth v Gov follows these young activists as their case makes its way through the court system. We’ll talk with director Christi Cooper, along with Julia Olson, chief legal counsel for the plaintiffs this Friday at 11 a.m. about the film, the passionate young people they’ve met and how their case is shaping up. 


  • Christi Cooper, film director, producer and cinematographer. She’s the co-creator of Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery and the founder of Barrelmaker Productions
  • Julia Olson, executive director at Our Children's Trust and Chief Legal Counsel for plaintiffs in Juliana v. U.S.

Please join us for our free online screening of Youth v Gov followed by a Q&A with director Christi Cooper on Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. MT. You can find the link to the screening at