December 15, 2017: Sophie Kivlehan Doesn’t Want to Freak You Out - The Weather Channel
April 29, 2017: Voices from the Peoples Climate March - Sierra Club
April 18, 2017: Allentown teen sues Trump administration for inaction on climate - State Impact NPR
April 14, 2017: Bucknell Sustainability Symposium Looks Forward to the Future - Bucknell University
February 9, 2017: These 21 Kids Are Suing the Federal Government Over Climate Change: ‘Everything Is at Stake’ - Yahoo
November 16, 2015: Children Sue Over Climate Change - Slate
August 13, 2015: Fighting for Next Generation, Kids File Climate Suit Against US Government - Common Dreams
Age: 19, 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.