Ayakha Melithafa
Ayakha Melithafa

San Francisco's Earthjustice is representing 17-year-old Ayakha Melithafa of South Africa, one of the 16 young people from around the world who submitted a legal complaint about climate change with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child on Sept. 23.

The complaint alleges that despite widespread understanding about the risks of climate change, the leading industrial nations of the world failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions and continued to promote fossil fuels.

The petitioners, which include Swedish student Greta Thunberg, are also participating in the global climate strike and activities related to the UN's climate action summit.

Earthjustice, which helped international law firm Hausfeld LLP prepare and file the complaint, also is doing PR outreach via social and traditional media to raise awareness of climate change and its impact on societies.

It is working on a pro bono basis.