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The 21 : the true story of the youth who sued the U.S. government over climate change / Elizabeth Rusch.

Rusch, Elizabeth, (author.).

"From severe flooding in Louisiana to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest to melting permafrost in Alaska, catastrophic climate events are occurring more frequently--and severely--than ever. And these events are having a direct impact on the lives (and futures) of young people and their families. In the ongoing landmark case Juliana vs. United States, twenty-one young plaintiffs claim that the government's support of the fossil-fuel industry is actively contributing to climate change, and that all citizens have a constitutional right to a stable climate--especially children and young adults, because they cannot vote and will inherit the problems of the future. Elizabeth Rusch's The Twenty-One is a gripping legal and environmental thriller that tells the story of twenty-one young people and their ongoing case against the U.S. government for denying their constitutional right to life and liberty. A rich, informative, and multifaceted read, The Twenty-One stars the young plaintiffs and their attorneys; illuminates the workings of the United States's judicial system and the relationship between government, citizens' rights, and the environment; and asks readers to think deeply about the future of our planet" -- Publisher's description.

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  • ISBN: 9780063220850
  • ISBN: 0063220857
  • Physical Description: 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 328-374) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Can a lawsuit alter the course of climate change? -- Will the youth get a trial? -- Can the youth resurrect their case -- and save the planet? -- Do young people have a constitutional right to a stable climate? -- The science of climate change -- We can fix it: a plan to end the climate crisis -- Meet the 21 -- Legal language explained -- Dig deeper, be inspired, get involved.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 13 up Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Grades 7-9 Greenwillow Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
Subject: Climate justice > United States > Juvenile literature.
Climatic changes > Law and legislation > Juvenile literature.
Environmental policy > Juvenile literature.
Student movements > Juvenile literature.
Climate justice > United States.
Climatic changes > Law and legislation.
Climatic changes > Government policy > Youth participation.
Environmental policy.

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Emmaus Public Library.


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Emmaus Public Library YA 363.738 RUSC (Text) 36446002100363 New Young Adult Nonfiction Available -

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