Where will you be on May 2nd, 2014? I will be in Washington DC at the US Court of Appeals with my 14 year old daughter, cheering on some very special children, some Climate Mamas, and some Climate Papas who are all demanding that the Court recognize these children’s rights and the rights of all our children to a healthy atmosphere and a safe climate system.
Can you join us?
Five individual teenagers, and two non-profits Kids vs. Global Warming and WildEarth Guardians, which represent thousands more young people, filed the lawsuit to require the federal government to immediately plan for national climate recovery, according to the prescription of Dr. James Hansen and other leading international climate scientists.
These scientists are telling us that we must restore our atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 by the end of the century if we want to avoid the disastrous planetary scenarios of 2°C of warming. Our current trajectory, created by the release into the atmosphere of human caused CO2 and other greenhouse gases, is moving us towards a difficult and possibly “impossible” future. This lawsuit relies upon the long-established legal principle of the Public Trust Doctrine, which requires our government to protect and maintain survival resources for future generations. At the oral argument, the youth will ask the Court of Appeals to recognize their constitutional right to a healthy atmosphere and safe climate system.
We know not everyone can be in Washington with us, but you can also “be there with us in spirit” and “be a force for change” by helping us share this special story about some amazing kids and some equally incredible parents and grandparents, with your friends, your family and all your circles. Continue reading