Monday, July 30, 2018

These 11 to 22-year-olds Are Taking President Trump to Court Over Climate Change

Many thanks to the Irish Examiner for this article explaining the legal case. As a reminder, "Ireland [will become] world's first country to divest from fossil fuels." Ireland's former President Mary Robinson has been a powerful force in climate-awareness. Ireland is a good best-practices model for other countries. Here are excerpts from the Irish Examiner article:

"In Kelsey’s case, it outlines how she depends on the freshwaters of Oregon for drinking water, for her seafood diet, and for recreation. [par break] Acidification of the ocean, rising sea levels, soaring temperatures and vanishing rains are dramatically changing the environment that sustains her. [ . . . .] Kelsey, who loves to swim, snorkel, raft and canoe, can’t enter the water much because of algal bloom. She can’t camp in summer because of wildfires."

"Nick Venner, 16, from Lakewood, Colorado, is witnessing the destruction of his beloved forests by wildfires and pine beetle infestation caused by the rising temperatures, and the loss of his family’s fruit growing enterprise due to hail, rainstorms and drought."

Regarding this legal case, now is a good time to repost the video A climate of TRUSTand my  "Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet" at Split Rock Review.

Update: A July 30, 2018, update on the course is Greg Stohr's Bloomberg article "U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Halt Teenagers’ Climate Lawsuit" noting "The U.S. Supreme Court refused to halt a novel and sweeping lawsuit pressed by children and teenagers seeking to force the federal government to take steps against climate change." and "The case is United States v. U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, 18A65."

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