May 1, 2017: Indigenous Youth Took Center Stage at People's Climate March - Alternet
April 27, 2017: Youth Suing Trump Bring Climate Fight To Washington - Huffington Post
March 20, 2017: 'Biggest Case on the Planet' Pits Kids Vs. Climate Change - National Geographic
August 13, 2015: Fighting for Next Generation, Kids File Climate Suit Against US Government - Common Dreams
Age: 17, Hometown: Kapaa, Kaua'i, Hawai'i
"I am suing the Federal Government because it's the right thing to do. Our future survival depends on our leaders taking dramatic action on climate change NOW, for the sake of future generations and all life on Earth."
Mani Wanji "Journey" Zephier was born in South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Yankton Sioux Nation. In 2009, he and his family moved to the small town of Kapaa on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. Journey now attends a Hawaiian cultural immersion school, and is in deep practice of Hawaiian language and culture. With climate change, his town will be mostly underwater by the end of the century, and he is already seeing many impacts on his island in the form of shrinking beaches, dying coral reefs, and drought on an island "which used to be one of the wettest places on earth," he says. Journey is a youth leader on the Earth Guardians Rising Youth for a Sustainable Earth (“RYSE”) Youth Council and a youth ambassador for the Center for Native American Youth.