BREVARD COUNTY – The organization Our Children’s Trust (OCT) promotes advocacy in politics for youths, and its youngest local member is 10-year-old Levi Draheim, of Satellite Beach.
Not only is Levi a member of OCT, but he’s also part of a recent lawsuit against the State of Florida.
Last year, then-9-year-old Levi, along with seven other youths, filed a lawsuit against Florida, Governor Rick Scott, and several state agencies in the Leon County Court district.
According to OCT officials, “The complaint asserts that in causing climate change, the state of Florida has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness, and has caused harm to Florida’s essential public trust resources, such as beaches and marine life.”
On April 2, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth honored Levi as a ‘Guardian of the Future,’ and he has appeared on international coverage since he began to be involved in 2015.
His mother, Leigh-Ann Draheim, fully supports his efforts in climate-change politics. She sent an email to OCT when she had heard about how OCT was looking for young plaintiffs in Florida, and Levi joined at the age of seven.
According to OCT officials, Levi’s case is not only one of protecting the environment, but about the legality of current politics. “The youth plaintiffs filed the case because the state of Florida is violating their constitutional rights by creating and perpetuating an energy system that is based on fossil fuels,” OCT officials stated.
For more information about the case, visit www.ourchildrenstrust.org/florida.