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Lawsuit to Protect Atmosphere as Public Trust to Be Heard in DC
The groundbreaking atmospheric trust case, Alec L, et al., vs. McCarthy, et al. will be heard before the Court of Appeals on May 2 in Washington DC. You can be part of this historic event in two ways:
- If you are in the DC area, come help us fill the Court of Appeals, 333 Constitution Ave, NW at 8:30 am.
- If you can't come in person, donate to cover expenses for the youth plaintiffs who filed this lawsuit to attend.
Dr James Hansen, formerly of NASA's Goddard Institute, will be attending the hearing, along with plaintiffs, supporters from iMatter and other youth organizations....as well as oil industry lobbyists who are co-defendants with the Federal Government, fighting for their right to pollute as much carbon into the atmosphere as they desire. It's important to get as many young people in the gallery as possible. Can you help?
Dr Hansen's prescription, written with 11 of the world's top climate scientists, provide the backbone of the remedy we seek in our lawsuit: a national Climate Recovery Plan based on science rather than politics. One that will actually restore the balance in the atmosphere for future. Please stand with us.
The Teenagers suing the US Government to protect the atmosphere for our generation's future
"My generation knows that this planetary crisis will require a human shift of massive proportions. We cannot create that shift alone. We need our government, our leaders, businesses and our elders to understand that it is unethical and can no longer be legal to pollute our atmosphere as if there are no consequences. Our futures depend on a society that lives according to the implicit demands of the public trust doctrine. We trust the legal system to protect our right to a livable planet."
Alec Loorz, lead plaintiff
Founder, Kids vs Global Warming
"The good news of our lawsuit being heard in the Court of Appeals is that we are one step closer to realizing a restored future for our generation. This could change the tides of the good fight that many have been fought for so long. It should be illegal for fossil fuel companies to pollute our air and destroy our future. We trust the scientists who have studied the climate and have recommendations to lower carbon emissions."
Garrett Serrels and Grant Serrels
Plaintiffs and members of iMatter Youth Council
"I am very concerned that the continued rate of business-as-usual carbon dioxideemissions will affect our daily life and our use and enjoyment of lands, waters and wildlife that I love. We are relying on the courts to demand our federal government do its job to protect the atmosphere, as one of our most precious natural resources. This is about humanity’s survival and all of life on earth."
"The government needs to put a more daring carbon emissions reduction plan in place as soon as possible, and at this point, the most direct and most efficient way to encourage that is through the federal courts. This is why I am a plaintiff with several other kids from across the country who believe the government must do more to protect the future of our planet."