How a group of teenagers convinced the Utah legislature to recognize climate change

Students attended a ceremonial signing with Governor Herbert on May 16.

(CNN)Piper Christian has yet to vote in her first election, but she's already changing the political landscape in her state.

The 18-year-old from Utah spent two years spearheading a resolution for the state legislature to acknowledge climate change.
After a long journey through the House and Senate, Republican Gov. Gary Herbert officially signed the resolution in March and held a ceremonial signing with the students last week.
The resolution is not a law, but a statement "emphasizing that protection of our environment and investment in our community are not mutually exclusive," in Christian's own words.
    The Logan High School senior says she and other students from her school started organizing in 2016 when they learned of an earlier state resolution urging the Environmental Protection Agency to stop regulating carbon emissions.
    "Our little high school environmental club got wind of this, and we were really inspired to be more involved politically," she told CNN, referring to the Logan Environmental Action Force.

    Taking on the challenge

    When the teenagers attempted to introduce their bill to the Senate in 2017, they were denied a hearing by the Natural Resources Committee.
    But they didn't give up. The students organized their own unofficial hearing and invited legislators and students of all ages to attend.