Youth v Gov

YOUTH v GOV is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.


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Bring Youth v Gov to your classroom to engage students around Civics, U.S. Government, Environmental Science and more! When you click Buy Movie or Stream Movie, you will be taken to the link to purchase your educational license for Youth v Gov. The film is also available on Netflix and on PBS in some areas.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Film rating: TV-14. Lesson plans for this film are best for Grades 10-12. The Discussion Guide works for Grades 8-12.

Curriculum Guide 

Lesson 1: Court Procedures (U.S. Government)
Lesson 2: Fossil Fuels and the Environment (English Language Arts, Environmental Science)
Lesson 3: The U.S. Government and the Fossil Fuel Industry (U.S. Government, Economics)
Lesson 4: Climate Close to Home (Environmental Science, English Language Arts, Government)

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Discussion Guide 

Facilitation Guidelines
A Letter from Levi
An Introduction to the Film
Behind the Lawsuit
Government Responsibility
Evidence of Harm
Climate Justice
Climate Anxiety
Intergenerational and Intersectional Justice
What Can You Do? Community Action and Engagement

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Journeys in Film supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.This curriculum guide connects to the following United Nations SDGs. Learn more about teaching with SDGs.

Dark green background color. 13 in the upper left hand corner. Climate Action beside that. Central image on the green background is a white eyeball with what looks like the earth inside of it. Royal blue background with white 16 in the upper left hand corner. Text beside it, white, reads: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. Central image, all white, is a dove with an olive branch in its beak, legs resting on a gavel.

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