Public Trust Doctrine, Our Children’s Trust: 2017 04 13 General

Nature’s Trust, Our Children’s Trust:

A Climate Forum on Litigation to Save the Future

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
Doors open at 5 p.m.

Rogue River Room in Stevenson Union,  SOU

ECOS ECOS (The Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center at Southern Oregon University)  and the League of Women Voters Rogue Valley ( are presenting a climate forum.

The program will feature Mary Christina Wood and a panel of youth climate activists. Ms. Wood is Philip H. Knight Professor, Faculty Director of the U of O Law School’s  Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, and author of Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age. Panelists will include two Plaintiffs in Juliana et. al. v. the United States et. al., a landmark constitutional case based on the public trust legal doctrine brought by 21 young people against the federal government (

Plaintiffs allege that for decades, the federal government has willfully failed to guard and protect natural public trust resources essential for a livable future. They charge that the government has actively facilitated fossil fuel development, known to release greenhouse gases and cause climate change, thereby allowing irreparable harm to those resources that now jeopardizes current and future generations. The trial, now officially against President Donald Trump and major organizations representing the fossil fuel industry, is expected to begin in U.S. District Court of the District of Oregon this summer. Juliana Plaintiffs will be joined by two youth activists affiliated with Ashland Youth Climate Action ) and currently working to convince the Ashland City Council to make the city’s Climate and Energy Action Plan a legally binding, scientifically grounded, equitable ordinance.

Admission is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

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On January 1, 2015, Bill Moyers hosted Mary Christina Wood as his last guest on the last episode of Moyers & Company.

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