October 9, 2012
Our Children’s Trust
Eugene, Oregon – Last Thursday the Oregon Court of Appeals decided to hear the climate change lawsuit brought by two Eugene youth.The lawsuit was filed against Governor Kitzhaber and the State of Oregon for failing to protect essential natural resources, including the atmosphere, as required under the Public Trust Doctrine. Kelsey Juliana, Olivia Chernaik, and their mothers brought the case to compel the Oregon State government to create a viable climate recovery plan for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in order to protect Oregon’s natural resources. “I hope the Court of Appeals understands the need to protect the atmosphere to ensure a livable planet for mine and future generations,” said 16-year-old Kelsey Juliana.
Today Kelsey’s story documenting her concerns over Oregon’s changing climate is being released in TRUST Oregon, a mini-documentary film. Her film is the eighth film in the ten-part, award-winning documentary series Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery featuring the voices of daring youth from across the country who are pursuing lawsuits and asking the ruling generation to hear their climate change concerns. TRUST Oregon will be part of the Climate Reality Project’s 24-hours of Reality on November 14 and has already been prescreened at the Women’s Congress for Future Generations in Moab, Utah.
"Kelsey is an amazing inspiration and her story is remarkable," says Tanya Sanerib one of the lawyers representing Kelsey and Olivia. "I am delighted Kelsey’s tale will be shared with more than just the judges who are deciding her case. By capturing Kelsey's story on film, her hope and passion for Oregon and our natural world can be shared beyond the lawsuit and inspire other youth leaders to demand action for our climate before it is too late."
Thus far, the TRUST films have made an impression with their audiences with films being selected to air at festivals from Montana and Colorado to New York and the UK. The films share the youngest generations’ call for action. Current climate science calls for a return to 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by the end of the century.
To do its part, Oregon must reduce the state’s carbon dioxide emissions by six percent each year or risk our climate reaching tipping points – like the defrosting of the tundra and resulting release of methane gas – beyond which there is no return. Each year Oregon delays making the necessary reductions, makes it harder to protect our climate system and the Oregon way of life.
To learn more about the Oregon Climate Case visit:
Learn the Story Behind the Youth Climate Case: http://ourchildrenstrust.org/sites/default/files/Oregon%20Press%20Release.October%208%20Final.pdf