Nelson Kanuk, 17, talks about the effects of climate change on the Yup’ik community of Kipnuk on the Kugkaktlik River (pop. 640). Nelson is an important reminder of the awe-inspiring power of our Alaska Native young people, and the contributions they are making for future generations.
He, along with seven other youth plaintiffs, “are asking the judges and justices of the State of Alaska to recognize that our atmosphere is a resource we all share and depend upon for our very survival. Then, considering our dependence, they ask that the courts compel the government to immediate action to protect the atmosphere’s health an in turn, our own futures.”