Sophie Kivlehan

Age: 18, Hometown: Allentown, PA

"I know climate change is going to have the biggest impact on my generation and generations to come. Our government isn't taking action and we have a very small window to turn this around. I feel a sense of responsibility to take action."

Growing up with stories of climate change from her grandfather, legendary climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, Sophie became passionate about climate science at a young age. Extreme weather events, including Hurricane Sandy, have caused Sophie to miss school on many occasions; hailstorms have damaged her house; floodwaters often inundate roads by her house; and Sophie has even been forced to prepare for tornado warnings, which are very unusual for the area where she lives. Sophie is deeply concerned about the future because she knows that climate change will not only harm her, but will also harm the entire fabric of human civilization and all living things on Earth that she cherishes and relies on for her life, liberties, and property.

Sophie with her grandfather Dr. James Hansen, noted climate scientist, and #youthvgov plaintiff for future generations. Photo: Robin Loznak

Sophie with her grandfather Dr. James Hansen, noted climate scientist, and #youthvgov plaintiff for future generations. Photo: Robin Loznak