January 19th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
In 2015, a group of young Americans, some of them only 7 or 8 years old, sued the United States government, claiming the federal government "through its affirmative actions in creating a national energy system that causes climate change, is depriving them of their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and has failed to protect essential public trust resources." That's according to Our Children's Trust, which is sponsoring the suit. The "public trust" theory was first conceived by OCT attorney Julia Olson
December 25th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A report from the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health finds that young people are most at risk for impaired physical and mental health as a result of air pollution. If we won't protect our planet, can we at least protect our kids?
November 3rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The US Supreme Court on Friday declined to dismiss the Juliana Vs US climate change lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust. It's a victory for the young plaintiffs but it may be years before the case actually goes to trial.
October 29th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Three farmers and Greenpeace have sued the German government, alleging it is not doing enough to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals it set in 2007. Will German courts do what US courts refuse to do?
October 19th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The US Justice Department has filed an emergency request that asks the Supreme Court to throw out the trial date for Juliana vs. US, the climate change law suit that argues the government has a duty to protect its citizens from environmental harm.
June 22nd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Climate advocates James Hansen and Bill McKibben are still committed to effective policies that will address global warming. One is pessimistic while one is cautiously optimistic.
May 28th, 2018 | by Nexus Media
Staring down the barrel of a hotter, drier, more turbulent world, the next generation of American leaders is eager to find a solution to climate change, and they are agitating for progress in the courts and on the streets. Their passion is a testament to the fact that, sooner or later, we are destined to end its love affair with fossil fuels
April 6th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
ThinkProgress has obtained a long buried video taken in 1998 that shows the head of Mobil Oil admitting that greenhouse gases are a global problem. Which raises this question: So what
March 9th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has slapped down the Trump Administration's last ditch attempt to delay the novel climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young plaintiffs and Our Children's Trust.
January 11th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
New York City has filed suit against 5 major oil companies asking them to pay to clean up the mess they have made. It also says its pension fund will sell off its shared in oil companies. Can you feel the gathering momentum?
November 23rd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Courts are poorly equipped to deal with public policy considerations like climate change. But at a time when the executive and legislative branches of American government are bought and paid for by fossil fuel interests, they may be the last, best option for climate activists. That's the opinion of climate scientist James Hansen, who has been sounding the alarm about climate change for more than 30 years
September 21st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
San Francisco and Oakland have sued 5 oil companies, asking them to pay into a fund to indemnify the cities against the cost of combating rising sea levels.
September 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
James Hansen has published a new report in which he claims it is already too late to simply reduce carbon emissions. The nations of the world must now consider active measures to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a process he says will place an enormous financial burden on young people and generations to come.
July 26th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
As the BLM tries to block an Obama rule that would protect drinking water on public lands, citizens in western Pennsylvania are taking direct action to block fracking operations and preserve their water supply from state sponsored pollution.
June 30th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Despite a furious defensive effort by some of the most powerful and wealthiest corporations on the face of the earth represented by a phalanx of $1,000 an hour lawyers from the nation's top law firms, the climate lawsuit filed by Our Children's Trust on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs ranging in age from 9 to 20 is headed to court. This week, U.S. District Court Justice Ann Aiken set the trial date for February 5, 2018, in her courtroom in Eugene, Oregon
May 8th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The UK government submitted a proposal to address air pollution to the country's highest court. The plan was greeted with derision by climate activists.
January 15th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
This week, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Attorney General Maura Healey and ordered ExxonMobil to turn over 40 years of records which Healey believes will show the company is part of "the most consequential lie in human history."
January 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Before he becomes Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will be deposed by attorneys for Our Children’s Trust. The lawyers want to know what Tillerson -- who is currently CEO of ExxonMobil -- knew about the effect of carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels and when did he know it
November 14th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor
On Thursday, a federal judge in Oregon ruled that a climate lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a group of youths can move forward, a win for the strategy of fighting climate change through the judicial branch
October 26th, 2016 | by Steve Hanley
Led by Nature and Youth, the largest youth-led organization in Norway, and joined by Greenpeace Norway, they filed suit this week against the Norwegian government.