Our Children’s Trust is an Oregon group that supports youth in bringing legal action in the courts and to state agencies to ensure a stable climate on their behalf of themselves and future generations.
In 2015 a group of 21 young people ranging in age from nine to 20 filed a climate lawsuit in federal court in the District of Oregon against the Obama administration. On November 10, 2016 U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken ruled in favor of the youth plaintiffs.
University of Oregon environmental law professor Mary Wood directs the University of Oregon’s nationally known Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She did not have legal involvement in this case. She spoke in Santa Fe last week at a program of the Agrarian Trust, which works to foster land access for next generation farmers. Ellen Berkovitch spoke to her by telephone yesterday.