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Seattle students that sued state over climate change regulations, react to Paris Accord

The group of Washington students that sued the state over climate change regulations says President Trump's decision on Thursday to withdraw from Paris climate accord is not going to stop them in their tracks. (Photo: video of photo taken by KOMO News)

SEATTLE - The students aren't even old enough to drive yet. But, they've already gone to court to fight to reduce carbon emissions in this state.

They said President Trump's decision on Thursday to withdraw from Paris climate accord is not going to stop them in their tracks.

“In 2013, we're right here. 400 parts per million. Now we're at 410,” explained Athena Fain.

She and fellow seventh grader, Adonis Piper, know a lot more about climate change than some adults.

They sued the state over emissions regulations in 2011 alongside other students.

“It's a fight that needs to be fought,” said Piper.

President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord is giving them more fuel for that fight.

Fain and Piper said they’ll fight on because they worry about their well-being if carbon emissions aren't reduced.

“We'll suffer more of the effects because we'll be alive longer," said Fain. “It's frustrating that I am the one who has to go out and fight for my future."

“We have to step up our game. We have to make sure we get the rules and regulations in the justice system because you can't back out of it,” said Piper.

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