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PRESS RELEASE: Leagues Support the Kids; The Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet

PRESS RELEASE: Leagues Support the Kids; The Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet

Leagues Support the Kids; The Most Important Lawsuit on the Planet

The League of Women Voters stands with the Children in Federal Court to address Climate Change

November 20, 2017

Norman Turrill, President, LWV of Oregon, n.turrill@lwvor.org, 503-807-4863

Washington, DC, and Eugene, Oregon – Last week Our Children’s Trust, which is supported by the League of Women Voters US and LWV of Oregon, announced that the ”Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given the Juliana v. US attorneys the opportunity to argue in support of the fundamental & constitutional right to a livable climate. Faced with a climate emergency, the youth plaintiffs will call on the Ninth Circuit to lift the temporary stay and allow the case to proceed to trial. The hearing will be Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10am at the James R. Browning United States Courthouse, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA. You are invited to show up in solidarity with the #youthvgov plaintiffs and stand for climate rights! You can also livestream.”

The League of Women Voters of Oregon (LWVOR) and the League of Women Voters United States (LWVUS) have amici standing in this case. Briefs where filed in Sept 2016 and Sept 2017. The most recent brief is Amici Curiae in Opposition to Writ of Mandamus (League of Women Voters).

The League supports the 21 young people from across the United States who have filed a landmark constitutional climate change lawsuit against the federal government, via the Eugene, Oregon-based organization, Our Children’s Trust. The complaint asserts that, in causing climate change, the federal government has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. “The courts have a duty to safeguard individuals’ rights where the other branches have failed to do so. These Youth Plaintiffs are reliant on the judicial branch to declare their rights, and the District Court is the proper venue to develop the case record and decide the merits of these “vitally important issues.”

This month, the League had observers at the U.N. COP23 in Bonn, Germany. Those League representatives, including Claudia Keith, a League member from Corvallis, Oregon, supported Our Children’s Trust COP23 advocacy efforts, which included participation with #uspeoplesdelegation. This delegation advocates for the Paris Agreement aspirational goal of a maximum 1.5˚ Celsius warming. This relates to the lawsuit and reflects the League’s climate policy position goal of returning by 2100 to no more than 350 ppm CO2.

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