Tuesday, January 8, 2019

#YouthvGov Webinar: Juliana v. United States of America - A lawsuit being brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the United States

From Wikipedia:
Juliana, et al. v. United States of America, et al. is a lawsuit filed in 2015 that is being brought by 21 youth plaintiffs against the United States and several of its executive branch positions and officers, also formerly including President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. The plaintiffs, represented by the non-profit organization Our Children's Trust, include Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, the members of Martinez's organization Earth Guardians, and on behalf of future generations represented by climatologist James Hansen. Some fossil fuel and industry groups were also initially named as defendants but were later dropped by a judge at their request.

The lawsuit asserts that the government violated the youths' rights by allowing activities that harmed the climate and sought the government to adopt methods for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The lawsuit is at the leading edge of an area of environmental law referred to as "atmospheric trust litigation", a concept based on the public trust doctrine and international responsibility related to the government's control over natural resources in the interest of public benefit. While previous lawsuits in a similar vein have been dismissed by U.S. courts, Juliana v. United States gained attention in 2016 when U.S. District Court of Oregon Judge Ann Aiken upheld the idea that access to a clean environment was a fundamental right, allowing the case to proceed. Since then, the government has sought to dismiss the case for various concerns, which has delayed the case's hearing at the district court level. The trial is currently on hold pending disposition of the government's interlocutory appeals of certain pre-trial rulings by Judge Aiken.

Webinar details below

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Just a reminder that on January 9th and 10th our organizing team will host a short webinar for those interested in becoming Volunteer State Organizers. The webinar will provide updates on the Juliana case, specify how exactly volunteer organizers can further the #youthvgov campaign goals, and talk through next steps. Please join us on Wednesday, January 9th at 5pm (PST) or Thursday, January 10th at 12pm (PST) to learn more about Juliana v. United States and how you can get more involved in our efforts for meaningful climate action.*

Please take the time to read over our Organizing Toolkit before the webinar for important background information.

* Note: these webinars will be the same – attend whichever works better for your schedule.

January 9th Webinar:
Join Zoom Meeting

Phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 263 616 495
International: find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/armGurtB7

January 10th Webinar:
Join Zoom Meeting

Phone: +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 852 337 224
International: find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aojf9VcA

Your hard work and support up to this point has been invaluable. We look forward to working with all of you more closely in 2019!

The OCT Organizing Team

From the Organizers at Our Children's Trust

Our mailing address is:
Our Children's Trust
P.O. Box 5181
Eugene, OREGON 97405

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