"Life in Oregon would not be the same without its natural beauty, recreation activities, its diverse animals and sea life. My state needs to protect these resources for my future and for future generations."
I also love the wonders of the Oregon coast; running on the beach, looking for plants and sea creatures in tide pools, playing in the waves with my dogs, and dining on halibut and clam chowder at local restaurants. But the impacts of climate change are resulting in beach and shoreline erosion, rising sea levels, and rising oceanic temperatures which is causing harmful impacts on fisheries and sea life.
Life in Oregon would not be the same without its vibrant natural beauty, recreational activities, diverse animal and sea life, and healthy ecosystems. My state needs to protect these resources for mine and future generations.
You can screen Kelsey’s video in your own community to start a discussion on climate change, and the impacts on ecosystems and coastlines. Using the screening guide below, and other resources, your community can become more aware of the climate crisis. And do something about it.
My lawsuit was dismissed, but we are appealing this decision and asking the Court of Appeals to send the case straight on to the Oregon Supreme Court.
by Kelsey Juliana, 16, Oregon Plaintiff
My lawsuit was dismissed, but we are appealing this decision and asking the Court of Appeals to send the case straight on to the Oregon Supreme Court through a rare certification process.
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I wanted to find out how my state is being affected by climate change. I found that Oregon’s ecosystems are incredibly diverse, and each ecosystem requires certain inhabitants and resources to thrive. Our mountains need wolves, our forests need spotted owls, and our rivers need salmon. Sadly, all of these animals are endangered and climate change is increasing their risk of extinction. The United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that 20-30% of the world’s animals and plants are at an increased rate of extinction, and species are going extinct every day.
Even though the predictions are scary, I know that I have the power to make the change I want to see, and empower others to join me. That’s why I’ve started a Green Club with my friend at our school, I help trained other students to become climate activists at the Sierra Student Coalition’s annual training camp, and I help organize marches with iMatter.
If we all get out of our own heads and houses and into the streets together, our united voice can make a difference. Your voice matters. So does mine. Especially about climate change, the issue that most affects our generation. So get out into the streets and stand up for our future!
“This issue threatens our lives and our futures. I don’t know why we have to go to court and have to convince people of that so heavily.” Kelsey Juliana
"Our lives and our futures are at stake if we do not protect our atmosphere so we can survive." Kelsey Juliana
"The whole point is to get people actively involved in helping stop climate change and aware of climate change." Kelsey Juliana