Come hear from Juliana plaintiff Vic Barrett and counsel Andrea Rodgers.
In 2015, 21 youth plaintiffs filed suit against the federal government in U.S. District Court in the District of Oregon alleging that the U.S. government had violated their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property through its actions to allow and encourage fossil fuel production and other activities that give rise to significant greenhouse gas pollution. The plaintiffs also alleged a failure by the U.S. government to protect essential public trust resources. The case, Juliana v. U.S., has galvanized youth climate activists, with thousands adding their names to the ""Young People's amicus brief."" It has also emerged as a cutting edge case, establishing the concept of ""atmospheric trust litigation"" and finding traction at all levels of federal court.
With the help of youth plaintiff Vic Barrett, who will speak in person, this program will explore the genesis of the youth plaintiffs' involvement in the case, as well as Vic's own personal story about how climate change has impacted and will continue to impact his life, and about he came to see litigation as a powerful advocacy tool. Andrea Rodgers, who serves as counsel to the youth plantiffs as part of the team at Our Children's Trust, will then give a remote presentation during which she'll review the case's history and procedural standing and outline the cases constitutional claims. The program will also address how the New York legal community can support the Juliana plaintiffs.
The event is open to the public and both Vic and Andrea will take audience questions.
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This event is part of the Youth and Climate Activism program of Climate Week NYC.