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Dr Nicole Rogers
Southern Cross University

OH MY GODDDD. LOL. We are so f**ked. Sorry not sorry. I can’t. Even. Breathe. Literally. The scientists are, like, everything is f**ked up. I can’t deal. Swear to God. How do people survive such things. This is the worst. I feel so bad. The planet is going to die. SCREAMING. Honest to God at this point I want to move into my mum’s basement and seal the windows and stop adulting. F**k my actual life. I’m breaking out in hives. Slam them into the corner!!! Hit the streets!! Block the coal trains!! We can always be, like, to the judge, ‘IT’S NECESSARY!!’

In this paper, I discuss the burgeoning phenomenon of youth climate activism. As youth activists defy their political leaders by staging school strikes and launch audacious lawsuits against their governments, they are redefining the role of the child in the time of climate change. The child is commonly portrayed as victim in fictitious and political climate narratives.  Young people have rejected this categorisation. Instead, they are appearing on the global stage as activist, litigant and, even, messiah.

Dr Nicole Rogers was a founding member of the School of Law and Justice, Southern Cross University. She researches and writes in the areas of wild law, climate law, climate activism and performance studies theory and the law. From 2014 to 2017 she instigated and co-led the Wild Law Judgment project. She is co-editor of Law as if Earth Really Mattered: The Wild Law Judgment Project (Routledge, 2017) and author of Law, Fiction and Activism in a  Time of Climate Change (Routledge, 2019).

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