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U.S. District Court Will Hear National Association of Manufacturers’ and six federal agencies’ Motions to Dismiss a Climate Change Lawsuit Brought by Kids from across the U.S.
WHAT: Court Hearing on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss the Federal Atmospheric Trust Litigation case
(Alec L. v. Jackson, D.D.C., No. 11-CV-022235, 12/14/11). The case was filed by youth plaintiffs
with the iMatter Movement. These young people from across the country are being impacted by
climate change now and are standing up for future generations by arguing that the Federal
government has a constitutional obligation under the Public Trust Doctrine to protect the atmosphere
from harmful greenhouse gases. They do not seek monetary damages, but ask that the government
immediately create and implement a scientifically viable emissions reduction plan.
The court will decide whether the youth plaintiffs can sue their government for its failure to protect
the atmosphere as a public resource, under the Public Trust Doctrine. The doctrine requires
sovereign governments to manage and protect vital natural resources for the common benefit of their
citizens and future generations. Industry interests have intervened in the case, arguing that
corporations have the right to emit unlimited carbon regardless of the environmental and human
If the judge rules in their favor, youth plaintiffs will be able to make their case before the court and
demonstrate that the federal government must immediately develop a nation-wide climate recovery
plan because any further delay will increase the chance that carbon emissions push us beyond
climate tipping points.
WHEN/WHERE: Hearing: Friday, May 11 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern
Courtroom 17, 6th Floor
Judge Robert Wilkins
33 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Rally will be held outside courthouse, beginning at 8:30 am. Youth Activist/Plaintiff Alec Loorz and
Author/Activist David Swanson will be speaking to the crowds who are mobilizing to support the
Pre-hearing Event: Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Busboys and Poets
1025 5th St NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Attorneys, plaintiffs and activists will discuss the merits of the case and screen short documentaries
about the brave youth from across the country who are going to court to compel the government to
protect our atmosphere, in trust, for future generations.
WHY: Plaintiffs want the federal government to protect the atmosphere for their future, which is threatened
by the climate crisis. Six federal agencies, the fossil fuel industry, the trucking industry, and nearly
every sector of American manufacturing are working together to deny these youth an opportunity to
present their case in court.
The hearing on the Motions to Dismiss coincides with the one-year anniversary of the launch of the
legal action as part of the international iMatter Trust Campaign. The youth plaintiffs launched the
campaign on May 4, 2011 by filing legal actions in 49 states and the District of Columbia, along
with the federal lawsuit. The filings were accompanied by the iMatter March, international solidarity
youth marches empowering youth to stand up for their future in over 175 marches in 45 countries.
WHO: Spokespeople available for comment or interview after the hearing are:
· Julia Olson, attorney for the Plaintiffs
· Phil Gregory, of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, attorneys for the Plaintiffs
· Victoria Loorz, director of Kids vs Global Warming;
· Alec Loorz, lead youth plaintiff (17) and founder of Kids vs Global Warming
· Grant Serrels, 16 year old named federal plaintiff, and
· Glori Filippone, plaintiff for Iowa state case and 13 year old youth leader of Kids vs. Global
Warming and the iMatter Movement
To watch Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, the 10-part series of short documentaries
highlighting the stories of the youth plaintiffs, please visit www.ourchildrenstrust.org.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/202436433204186/
Facebook Page: facebook.com/iMatterMarch