Raging Grannies Eugene
Salem, Oregon, December 9, 2016: Raging Grannies standing in front of the Department of State Lands building behind the plaintiff, Kelsey Juliana, 20 from Eugene, Oregon – supporting her, making clear she is not alone.
AUGUST 28, 2017.
SALEM, OREGON: DECEMBER 9, 2016
THE PUBLIC TRUST DOCTRINE
RALLY AND COURT OF APPEALS HEARING
The state case, involving the State of Oregon
as defendants and plaintiffs who live in Oregon
(not to be confused with the case venued in Eugene before Judge Aiken,
which is a federal case, involving the federal government
as defendants and plaintiffs who live across the country.)
STUDENTS ARRIVING AT THE COURTHOUSE FROM OREGON SCHOOLS IN SUPPORT OF THEIR PEERS
HERE ARE THE YOUTH PLAINTIFFS!!!
JOYFUL AND FULL OF HOPE!!!
OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST ("OCT") is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading the global effort to elevate the voice of youth to secure the binding legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. OCT supports climate advocates and related organizations, volunteer and reduced-fee legal counsel in the U.S. and around the globe, legal actions seeking country-specific and statewide science-based Climate Recover Plans, and returning atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to below 350 ppm by the year 2100.
Securing the right to a stable climate and a healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.
"The heart of the OREGON STATE case on appeal:
1. The Public Trust Doctrine: the idea being: the air, running water, the sea, and consequently beaches and the seashore belong to us all They are for the people and are not to be harmed these essential natural resources are held for us (the people) by our governments "in trust "our state and federal governments owe us (the people) a duty to not harm or destroy these natural resources our governments are under a further duty to ensure that these natural resources survive from generation to generation. So, they in fact owe a duty to people not yet born.The State of Oregon denies owing plaintiffs this duty and certainly does not think the atmosphere is one of the "natural resources" governments are responsible for holding in trust
2. Best Climate Science: why 350? The question cannot not be: what rate of emissions reductions are politically feasible...it must be: what emissions reductions are necessary to protect our health, our lives The best climate scientists agree that atmospheric CO2 levels above 350 parts/million disallow this planet to balance its energy and will eventually result in an unrecognizable––and largely uninhabitable––planet. Thus, all recovery plans must be science-based – they must be based on the goal of returning our atmospheric CO2 levels to below 350The State of Oregon does not agree that we need to come up with a climate recovery plan that would return our atmospheric CO2 levels to below 350 ppm" (from Coreal Riday-White, Our Children's Trust Staff Attorney)
Our Children's Trust supports youth climate advocates, related organizations, and volunteer and reduced-fee legal counsel in the U.S. and around the globe, in legal actions against federal and state governments, seeking science-based Climate Recovery Plans to return atmospheric CO2 concentrations to below 350 parts per million before the year 2100.
Landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit
With OCT support, youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in 2015. Their complaint asserts that, through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.
State Legal Actions
Our Children's Trust have launched judicial lawsuits and/or executive branch rulemaking actions across the United States. Each action has progressed differently. Some are now pending, and others are in second phases of development after some action by the court or administrative agency in that particular state.
Youth Taking Local Action
Our YouCAN (Youth Climate Action Now) program trains and supports youth to engage in civic participation within their local communities, advocating for legal protection for the atmosphere in the form of science-based emission reduction targets. Youth participate directly in local government and petition City Councils for locally tailored climate recovery planning, testify in public meetings of City Councils, and advocate at work sessions with local government leaders.
To support this work or get involved contact Coreal at email@example.com.
For info on the current status of their legal actions visit www.ourchildrenstrust.org.
OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST - LANDMARK U.S. FEDERAL CLIMATE LAWSUIT
“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” –U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken
On November 10, 2016 Judge Ann Aiken issued an opinion and order denying the U.S. government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss a constitutional climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youth. The decision means that the youth, age 9 to 20 and from all over the U.S., now have standing because their rights are at stake, and now their case is headed to trial. Link - original article: