Barrelmaker Productions is currently producing the feature-length documentary Youth v Gov. This film takes an intimate look at a group of youth plaintiffs, ages 9–20, as they embark on the ground-breaking and possibly most important climate change litigation of the 21st century, what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein have called the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” Coined the “modern David vs. Goliath” story, this film take us on their journey as they fight the US government and the fossil fuel industry to secure their legal right to a healthy atmosphere and a stable climate for not only their generation, but for generations to come. What began on Mother’s Day in 2011 with legal actions across the US has now culminated into a federal lawsuit against the US government for our leaders’ collective failure to protect our atmosphere in trust for their future. The youth are joined in their lawsuit by Dr. James E. Hansen – the world’s leading climate scientist and the lead plaintiff for future generations.
As the legal team works to protect these youth’s right to a sustainable future, they unearth evidence of decades of collusion between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry to cover-up and minimize the consequences of global carbon dioxide emissions. YOUTH v GOV follows this historic legal case to its closing and tracks the youth stories of climate impact along the way. From historic flooding in Louisiana to the droughts in the West, from sea level rise and toxic algae along the Florida coast to devastating wildfires, from drastically reduced snowfall in Alaska to dying reefs and contaminated water systems in Hawaii’i, these youth are fighting for their futures and telling the truth to bring these injustices to light. The question is whether the US government will continue to recklessly collaborate with the fossil fuel industry for profits for the few, while daring to put our futures at risk.