June 5, 2019 - CBS News: Does climate change violate children's right to life, liberty and property? A U.S. court may decide
June 4, 2019 - Associated Press: US court weighs if climate change violates children’s rights
June 3, 2019 - Los Angeles Times: Is it our constitutional right to live in a world safe from climate change?
June 2, 2019 - KTTC: Minnesota college student involved in climate change lawsuit
May 31, 2019 - The Oregonian: 'Climate change kids’ suit draws thousands of supporters as government seeks dismissal of case
May 30, 2019 - MPR News: A Gustavus student is suing Trump over climate change
April 26, 2019 - Gustavus: Baring The Struggle For Climate Change Justice
April 3, 2018 - KTOO Public Media: Meet the Fairbanks teen who’s suing the U.S. government over climate change -
February 2, 2018 - Missoula Current: “There’s still time,” urges one of 21 young plaintiffs in climate lawsuit against Trump
March 24, 2017 - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: A group of young Americans are suing the U.S. government over climate change
March 17, 2017 - National Geographic: 'Biggest Case on the Planet' Pits Kids vs. Climate Change
August 4, 2015 - Sitka Conservation Society: Alaskan Voices on Climate Change: Nathan Baring, Youth Climate Organizer
Age: 19, Hometown: Fairbanks, Alaska
"Our government continues making today's profit a priority over protecting our right to a sustainable future. My generation, without voting rights, hasn't been fairly represented in making decisions that will affect our lives."
Winter rains have never been frequent in Nathan's hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska, but are now becoming the norm. More and more severe ice storms are also coming, and his city declared a state of disaster after a severe ice storm in 2014 created widespread power outages. Nathan and his family suffered without power for nearly a week in temperatures of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, during the summer of 2015, Fairbanks was surrounded by numerous wildfires and air quality rivaled that of some of the world’s smoggiest cities. As an asthma and allergy sufferer, this made it hard for Nathan to breathe. Nathan is working hard to take actions to reverse and mitigate the effects of climate change through his membership in Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and his work with Northern Alaska Environmental Center, the Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition and his church. Nathan is motivated from his strong connection with the arctic and desire to see it protected. Nathan hopes that more rural economies like his can be at the forefront of an energy transition as they are so deeply connected to our energy system.