These Kids Are Now Suing Donald Trump

April 29th 2017

Nicole Levin

Nine-year-old Levi Draheim wasn't old enough to vote in the last election, but that isn't stopping him from suing President Donald Trump. Draheim is one of more than 20 children suing the president and the federal government for perpetuating "climate chaos" and destroying the planet on which they live.

While the case may be a long shot, the kids are bringing up a very important point. As one of the plaintiffs, 16-year-old Xiuhtexcatl Martinez, said at the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court

For the last several decades, we have been neglecting the fact that this is the only planet that we have and that the main stakeholders in this issue (of climate change) are the younger generation. Not only are the youth going to be inheriting every problem that we see in the world today -- after our politicians have been long gone -- but out voices have been neglected from the conversation. 

The children are suing on the grounds of the Fifth Amendment: the right to life, liberty, and property, as Julia Nelson, the attorney representing the kids, told Democracy Now!

According to a website explaining the lawsuit, the children are suing for "healthier, safer communities for all of us." That includes a federal climate recovery plan, an end to fracking, and no new pipelines.


The lawsuit was initially filed against the Obama administration, but has taken on new significance after the first 100 days of the Trump administration, according to CNN. Not only has Trump denied climate change, but he has also called a review of Obama's clean power plan, promised to bring coal jobs back, expanded offshore drilling, approved the Keystone pipeline, and may pull out of the Paris Climate Accord

Nelson told CNN the case will go to trial later this year.

"I chose to join the case because it seemed like something I could actually do," 15-year-old Nick Venner told CNN, "It's hard for legal experts to deny the rights of young people. We are are the future. They will be long gone before the long term effects (of climate change) ever hit them. It's about my kids. It's about their grandkids."