May 28, 2016
Our Children’s Climate Crusade is Winning
Our Children’s Trust is leading the game-changing, youth-driven, global climate recovery campaign to secure the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. Starting this April these youth have begun winning landmark climate cases against the U.S government.
On April 8th, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Eugene, OR, decided in favor of 21 young Plaintiffs, and Dr. James Hansen on behalf of future generations, in their constitutional climate change case brought against the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. The Court’s ruling is a major victory for the 21 youth Plaintiffs, ages 8-19, from across the U.S. in what Bill McKibben and Naomi Klein call the “most important lawsuit on the planet right now.” These plaintiffs sued the federal government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property, and their right to essential public trust resources, by permitting, encouraging, and otherwise enabling continued exploitation, production, and combustion of fossil fuels.
See this interview with Bill Moyers.