“Protect What You Love” Family Concert August 13th

Benefit Concert for Our Children s Trust
Benefit Concert for Our Children’s Trust
Co-sponsored by The Institute for Social Change Through the Arts and All Pilgrims Church
Come enjoy live music August 13th3-7pm, art builds, activities for kids and hear from youth plaintiffs suing our government for their LEGAL RIGHT TO A STABLE CLIMATE and a healthy atmosphere for all present and future generations.
Tickets available at 350seattle.org/concert
WhenAugust 13, 2017
Time: 3-7pm
Where: All Pilgrims Church, 500 Broadway E, Capitol Hill
(wheelchair accessible from sanctuary, through chapel, to Stuart Hall)
This event also celebrates the launch of the Protect What You Love album project, lifting up musicians from around the Pacific Northwest, writing songs of Climate and social justice.

Live performances by:

Quincy Davis (Hip Hop, Portland, OR)
Paul Wagner (Saanich, B.C.)
Isaac Castillo (Hawaii)
Aji Piper (Plaintiff on Case)
Columbia City Chorus
Tobias The Owl
Kaeley Pruitt
Annie Sea
Paul Schiavo
Marika Clymer

We couldn’t do this without volunteers! Want to help make this magical event happen? We’re currently looking for volunteers for set up, hospitality, clean up, and more. Please contact Ale Blakely at blakely.ale@gmail.com. We love volunteers!!

All proceeds will support Our Children’s Trust (OCT), a national organization elevating the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations. Through their programs, youth participate in advocacy, public education and civic engagement to ensure the viability of all natural systems in accordance with science. They are leading the groundbreaking Constitutional Climate lawsuit, Juliana Vs. U.S.asserting that, through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. Learn more about this legal case here, and more about OCT at https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org.

Climate Outloud Saturday

The Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the Washington State youth climate lawsuit in July. The state seeks to reverse the historic ruling, which was the first time a government in the USA was directed by the courts to address climate change for young citizens. The earlier decision recognized the rights of youth to air and water under the Public Trust Doctrine, and the court ruled that the Dept of Ecology had to finish a Clean Air Rule in 2016.
And so Ecology finished it on time.
But then why is Ecology appealing the landmark decision? Under Gov. Inslee? And given these precedent-setting victories for young citizens under our state constitution, what legal challenges will these youth plaintiffs bring next?

All are invited to “Climate Outloud” on Saturday, July 29 at Burien Library.

Nature Stewards Program, Burien King County Library and Humanities WA,  present an all-day event featuring the landmark Washington climate case and the “Most Talked about Court Case of the Century” – Kids Sue the Federal Government for not Protecting their Right to a Livable Future.  These cases will both be discussed in “Climate Outloud.”

Andrea Rodgers, the attorney from Our Children’s Trust representing the kids, will explain the cases and answer questions.  Hear testimony from the young plaintiffs living in Seattle.

11 a.m. – supporting non-profit organizations introductions,

Noon – plaintiffs sharing

2pm – attorneys answer questions

The main conference room on the first floor of the library is open to the public from 11 a.m. to closing at 5 p.m.

Contact GraceStiller@comcast.net  cell phone 206.795.5783; office 425.228.7927

For more information, including an Event Schedule, Toolkit, etc.: http://naturestewardswa.org/climate-outloud/

Picnic for the Planet

Seattle-area families:

We are excited about our upcoming Plant for the Planet birthday party on Sunday July 30. Our celebration will begin with a speak out on the beach to let carnival cruise lines know we want them to stop using dirty bunker fuel on its ships. Then we will relocate to beautiful magnolia bluff park for music, games and food in celebration of 4 great years of Seattle Plant for the Planet and also 17 great years of Aji Piper’s amazing life!

Then on Wednesday, August 2nd plant for the planet ambassadors will hand-deliver a petition to the carnival cruise lines Seattle headquarters to ask them to clean up their act.

Sunday, July 30
3-5pm carnival cruise lines beach speak out at smith cove park, part of stand.earth’s #dirtyships campaign
23rd ave w @ w Marina place, adjacent to Elliot Bay Marina ( don’t park at marina please)
5-8pm music,games, food at Magnolia Park
1461 magnolia Blvd w, Seattle, 98199

Wednesday, August 2
10am-noon
Petition delivery and speak out in front of carnival cruise lines Seattle office, lower Queen Anne at 450 3rd ave W

We would love to have as many ambassadors as possible on both of these days. Please let us know if you can come!

Azure (and Kristen),
Lead ambassador for the #dirtyships campaign
More info at http://www.stand.earth

Sophie’s Op-Ed: Why I sued the federal government

The Morning Call 22 June 2017

Man-made climate change is the biggest threat facing my generation. So I, along with 20 other youths from across the United States, am working to solve this problem by bringing an unprecedented lawsuit against the federal government.

In our civil rights case, titled Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al. and available at ourchildrenstrust.org, we assert that the government is violating our constitutional right to life, liberty and property by approving emissions of fatally high levels of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, despite being aware of its damaging effects.

Earth has warmed 1 degree Celsius this past century. Letting temperature rise another 0.4 degree would be catastrophic. We will experience greater weather extremes, including floods, droughts and superstorms, which will affect food supply. Sea level rise of several meters will destroy coastal cities, forcing the displacement of millions of people and bringing chaos among governments.

Our case was filed in federal court in Oregon on Aug. 12, 2015. The government responded by filing a motion to dismiss our case before it could get to trial. We all traveled to Eugene, Ore., to participate in a hearing on March 9, 2016.

The initial hearing was the first time all 21 plaintiffs met together. Some of us are experienced activists, and some of us avoid the spotlight. Some are extroverts who speak freely on television shows and in magazine interviews, while others have their words carefully penned on the papers they cling to with shaking hands. But we all share a common goal: to be heard and taken seriously. We know that we are fighting for a viable future.

We listened as the government’s lawyers argued that we had a weak case. They did not deny global warming or the damage being done to the planet, but they denied any responsibility to address the crisis.

First, the U.S. government sets our national energy policy and what kind of fuels we use. When it sets standards for how inefficient the things that burn those fuels can be, like our cars, the U.S. government is taking action. When it leases land to corporations to dig up coal or drill for oil or gas, the U.S. government is taking action. When it offers tax breaks and subsidies to fossil fuel companies, the U.S. government is taking action. When it permits the pollution that comes out of the energy system it controls, the U.S. government is taking action. When you add up all these actions, the U.S. government, more than anyone else, is responsible for the level of carbon dioxide pollution that will determine the climate in my lifetime.

As a young person, I’m not worried about President Donald Trump’s opinions on climate change, but the U.S. government’s actions. Because I know the actions it takes today to promote fossil fuels will cause fossil fuel emissions, and those emissions will cause climate change. And that climate change will mean impacts that I will have to live with, throughout my lifetime.

That’s why I take a little comfort in knowing that Trump can withdraw from the Paris agreement, but he can’t withdraw from my lawsuit. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin, in his 2016 opinion allowing the lawsuit to proceed, wrote that “the alleged valuing of short-term economic interest, despite the cost to human life, necessitates a need for the courts to evaluate the constitutional parameters of the action or inaction taken by the government.”

This means that we will have a trial near the end of this year. We feel excited and optimistic about returning to Eugene and appearing in court again.

Our case may be in the court system for years, but a win on the Supreme Court level will force the government to develop and implement a plan to rapidly reduce emissions. Logical and feasible solutions exist to limit emissions, and economic studies have shown that these solutions would increase gross national product and create millions of jobs. I feel strongly that it is my and my fellow plaintiffs responsibility to spread awareness about this to other young people — we must all take ownership of our future.

Sophie Kivlehan, a 2017 graduate from Parkland High School, will attend Dickinson College in the fall.

Two Youth Climate Justice Lawsuits Move Forward

 

Aji Adonis and Gabe discuss their climate lawsuits with Philipe Cousteau

Two distinct landmark lawsuits advance toward trial, moving us closer to the day pollution becomes unconstitutional. Youth sue for climate justice and courts move “with all deliberate speed.” But will it be fast enough?

Washington State: On April 18th Judge Hollis Hill in King County Superior Court, GRANTED youth petitioners’ motion to…

“supplement and amend their petition to plead therein a complaint for declaratory judgment or other action regarding their claims that respondent Ecology and/or others are violating their rights to a healthy environment as protected by statute…and by the Public Trust Doctrine embodied therein. The Court takes this action due to the emergent need for coordinated science based action by the State of Washington to address climate change before efforts to do so are too costly and too late.” 

What does all that mean? Simply, the case will go to trial. Judge Hill goes on to review Washington law on climate and failures to protect the elements young citizens will require to reach adulthood.

“It is time for these youth to have the opportunity to address their concerns in a court of law, concerns raised under statute and under the state and federal constitutions. They have argued their petition for a rule limiting GHG emissions based on best available science. A rule has now been adopted, which Ecology agreed during oral arguments on 11/22/16, is not intended to achieve the requirements of RCW 70.235.020.” (That’s the old 2008 global warming law which Gov. Inslee ordered Ecology to update 3 years ago, which was why youth originally filed their petition, to update the dangerously obsolete targets in the old law. The new rule does not meet those old targets).

Last year, sadly, the Dept of Ecology under Governor Inslee appealed the historic legal decision in the youth climate case, which defined for the first time in history that Washington youth possess rights to a stable climate under our constitution. So in her latest ruling Judge Hill concludes, “IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Petitioners seek leave of the Court of Appeals…for formal entry of the order, if necessary, as this may or may not change a decision in this case now under review by the Court of Appeals, Division 1.”

Progress is steady but too slow. Global warming won’t wait. One way or another this case goes to trial. Will justice arrive in time to make a difference?

What can you do about it? Read on!

FEDERAL CASE: The youth survived yet another motion to derail them from being heard in court. Listen to Kelsey Juliana describe her reaction to the news:

http://klcc.org/post/judge-recommends-against-trump-s-appeal-youth-climate-lawsuit

For a nice update, check Bill Moyers site, Kids Suing Trump Hope the Courts Step Up on Climate. The federal case stands as the bright spot in climate news these days, because the judiciary branch of our government rules based on facts, and is not so easily corrupted. Or as Julia Olsen, attorney for Our Children’s Trust says, “In a court of law, ‘alternative facts’ are considered perjury.” At a press conference on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court she went on, “It is time for defendants to accept that they are going to trial and stop trying to bend the rule of law to delay judgment in this case.”

Later this year we hope to witness more ground-breaking rulings as 21 youth plaintiffs in court take on 9 federal agencies and the entire fossil fuel industry (who as co-defendants bring their own attorney stating, “this case threatens our business model”). That’s 650 oil, coal, and gas corporations in a constitutional case against youth suing for a legal remedy to defend their inalienable rights to life and liberty.

REMEDY: Youth in these lawsuits demand that government use the best available science to limit deadly pollution. That’s no secret formula. It goes like this:

CUT POLLUTION 10% each year starting now + PLANT 10 YEARS of human pollution back into new forests and low-till organic agriculture. For each year we fail to begin, those numbers climb up, up, up. Starting in 2025, we would need to cut 25% each year, and plant twice as many trees. We pollute so much each year and we are already way beyond a safe limit. So the only legal, moral thing to do is stop now.

Any plan to restore climate balance has to put excess greenhouse gases back in the ground. That’s what trees do best! Trees take time to grow big enough to make a difference. So new agriculture practices, letting living carbon matter return to the soil, while shrinking livestock and dairy, and 1 trillion new trees will soak up carbon like a sponge. That’s 150 trees per person on earth today. (But you can plant more because it really is fun, whether you do it online, or grab a shovel and get your two hands dirty.)

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The next best time is today.” –proverb

Get the climate back down to a stable level of energy balance fast enough to maybe make the world safe near the end of these kids’ lifetimes. Will 10% annual cuts and 1 trillion trees do it fast enough? Can it be done faster?

You and I decide. As Chief Arvol Looking Horse says,”The fate of the world comes down to you and me.”

Stopping pollution any slower than 10%, or not putting extra pollution back, the kids argue in these cases, violates their right to life and liberty. But any legal remedies could take years, maybe decades, to translate into public policy solutions. Meanwhile we are violating children’s rights every time we fill up the tank, turn up the heat, or flip on the light.

So what are you waiting for?

Stop polluting, Start planting!

 

Not Buying Anything: Happy Winter Solstice

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Thanks for all life to come

Stepping out of my lead role in Climate Change for Families, organizing in Plant-for-the-Planet and Our Children’s Trust legal efforts, and collaborating with other climate youth initiatives worldwide, I am grateful for the chance to make a difference with wonderful people. Following my act of civil disobedience in North Dakota I face likely prison time. Those who have worked with me know I’m the volunteer “Disorganizer”. Expect things to run much better as I serve others, rather than coordinate activities.

On Saturday, families meet to chart a path forward. We are all volunteers. I would love to hand over a growing organization, with one paid position for 2017. Our budget is so tiny, your donations today might make that possible. Each dollar given to Climate Change for Families pays our tiny expenses or plants tiny trees (You can choose, or let us put your donation where it is most needed). Your gifts help win tiny grants by showing how many people value our work.

To protect life on earth, the world needs more than money. Groups like ours need your time and energy. The future needs your commitment.Clearly, no government, no court, no corporation will force us to stop polluting soon enough. And yet “it is we who decide what nature is, and what it isn’t.”

What active contribution will you make for the good of all life to come?

On December 10th, Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassadors for Climate Justice will plant giant Coastal Redwood saplings here in Puget Sound, cloned from the DNA of a monster tree stump in California. Redwoods need to migrate north with climate change. The trees live for thousands of years. Can our mild marine climate protect them as oceans warm up through this hot century? Will we stop polluting fast enough to cool the planet by 2100? If we succeed, these tiny 3′ saplings the kids plant on December 10th might live to shelter newly evolved species in 3100, or in the year 6100. Wow!!

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This week, youth await Judge Hill’s ruling on whether Ecology owes our kids a real Climate Recovery plan — not just the state Clean Air Rule which the state admits fails to cover all emissions or even mention forests. Should we win and the courts oversee a just climate plan for future generations, how many years will the state and polluters fight against implementation? Will these kids fight for life all the rest of their lives?

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If the world fails to get it together before 2020, we will need to cut emissions 15% annually until we are done with fuels. Does that seem impossible? If we start today, we need only 9% less pollution in 2017 and every year going forward. Will you cut your emissions 9% this year? Can you? Can your workplace?

It’s easier than you might think. And the results can be contagious. Think of it as wanting less, not more. When people live as if money makes the world go ’round, they make a hot mess. We got where we are today making more money and a big mess. For our kids to live well, should we work harder making a living or will we make things live?

Consider the sum of all you do for the planet, then multiply the good stuff. On Giving Tuesday, please don’t limit yourself to money. Donate time and love too. Donate creativity, lend a hand, and give up your pollution as quickly as you can. What gifts will you share?

We take a stand for life. I know we love our families more than anything and other living things so much that we will be the ones who make future life both possible and abundant, by changing our climate for the better. For that love and care, I am grateful.

If you would like to help Climate Change for Families, just tell us how you want to contribute. We all depend on one another giving.

In gratitude, Michael

 

Kids make history today

Tuesday November 22, 2016 King County Superior Court, Seattle WA

3pm Press Conference

4pm Hearing Open to the public!

Come watch Judge Hill weigh in on how best to defend our children’s air and water against climate change and from deliberate neglect by the state Dept of Ecology under Governor Inslee.

As of October, Washington now has a state Clean Air Act finished under order of Judge Hollis Hill, whose prior historic rulings — in favor of protecting children’s essential resources against climate dangers — became landmark decisions celebrated around the world. In May, Judge Hill directed the state Dept of Ecology to finish the rule-making in 2016 because, “These children cannot wait. Polar bears cannot wait. People in Bangladesh cannot wait. While I may not address the needs in those matters, I do have authority in this courtroom, and that is why I am taking this action today.”

Ecology quickly finished a rule which gives away tons of pollution permits for free and requires the 19 worst polluters in the state to start reducing emissions 1.7% starting a few years from now or not, in other words, a rule which does nothing to address our emergency. “ALL DONE!” Ecology admits their plan falls short even for those 19 polluters to satisfy the old limits set way back in 2008. Meanwhile the planet cooks coral reefs, ice caps, forests, and species, all vanishing faster than predicted.

At Tuesday’s “Show Cause” hearing Judge Hill will listen to the children’s lawyer Andrea Rogers argue that the court must intervene because Ecology refuses to follow the judge’s prior rulings to do our part to protect the air and water these children will need for a livable future.

The Dept of Ecology under climate champion Governor Jay Inslee has no plan. No secret Proposals. No clue how to protect our children’s air and water. After 2 years of losing in court to the children they fight against, they still fight to protect corporate polluters. Under our Washington constitution, the state may not choose profits over the people.

Yet, sadly, to win “contempt of court” against a state agency is a very difficult legal standard to prove. How will the judge decide? Nobody knows. I hope we’ll see you in court to find out.

REVIEW Q: Under Judge Hill’s prior rulings, who reserves constitutional rights to air and water in the future?

A: It ain’t polluters.

The 10% rule

When will the founder of 350.org share science on how we get back to 350ppm CO2?

For our children to inherit a planet similar to the one we knew, 350 is the upper limit for the amount of CO2 in the air, the greenhouse gas that fuel-burning pollutes in Gigatons. It was 280ppm (ppm = parts per million) before the industrial revolution. We polluted past 350ppm in the 1980s, back when I was in college. This month CO2 stayed above 400ppm in the time of year it is lowest. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot” nobody living today will experience a world with less than 400ppm again. For every 4 molecules of CO2 that you breathe in right now, one of those was placed there by human pollution. And we need to change that quick, before temperatures cook our biosphere.

Here is the math that defines my kids’ century: Earth now requires 9% reductions in carbon pollution in 2017. 10% in 2018, and rising fast if we don’t act now. Plus humans must help the planet restore 100GtC of our pollution into the ground, or roughly a decade of human emissions into trees and soil.

If we don’t change our ways… 2°C in 2050 means our kids and their descendants next century will face diseases, droughts, fires, floods, and endure wars for water and food, as temperatures keep rising and eventually wipe out most plants and animals that breathe oxygen. For the next few centuries there will be no path back to 350, because we dicker and delay. But today in 2016 we have that window open to a living planet for the next millenia.

For a start, ban all new extraction projects worldwide. By digging up fuel when we know the consequences, we commit deliberate crimes against humanity and nature. Keep it in the ground. Children are suing the federal government for extraction of fuels that has violated their ability to live on the planet in their lifetime. They demand justice, a climate recovery plan.

Can we stop ourselves? Can we police and disarm our industrial digging machines? Can we prosecute violators? Can we consume less?

Of course we can. We are nature defending itself, from us. Who better to stop the ticking bomb than the ones who built it? We need everyone, you and me, to play a part.

Yet green groups refuse to tell us the whole truth or demand what our children require of us. Why?  Maybe people don’t donate as much when told they have to change the way they live immediately.

9% – 10% less pollution means each year mom and dad will generate 10% less CO2 at work, buy 10% less fossil-fueled products with their pay, and burn 10% less gas getting to work. Consuming 10% less in year 1 and 2 is do-able. In year 3, 4, 5 how do you keep doing it?

Since we’ve already taken so much from the land and oceans, can clean energy save us from our voracious over-consumption? Will we extract, transport, and burn 10% less fuel this year?

The Question, for the next millenia of all life as we know it on this tiny blue marble,  this Eden sweltering in space: How can we feed, clothe, and house our communities fuel-free and restore wildness to half-earth.  I know we can do it.  How fast?

According to E.O. Wilson, we need to preserve “Half-Earth” in wildness for species biodiversity on which we depend to continue. We’ve already interfered with more than half. Can we work at restoring what’s been disturbed? Planting another trillion trees will take a lot of work and a lot of land.

With corporate power and fuel money slamming the brakes on progress, will corporations stop themselves? Maybe one day. If corporations are made of people, and those people have children, then it is only in their self-interest to stop if they want to survive. Let’s make that stopping point now, not later.

Unless you provide a real service for people, produce food, build efficiencies or store carbon, the economy might be better off with 10% less of what you do each year until we kick our fuel habit for good. The Solutions Project demonstrates how each state in the USA can go 100% clean energy, and must of the change comes through efficiency and conservation, saving the energy you don’t need.

Think about how you care for your family, what role you play in the just transition to living in honest relation with our common home. Will you transition to an essential career soon, or make do with less as we re-learn to feed ourselves?

Some jobs will get phased out completely by 2022. Industrial beef and cruise ships are done. Air travel shrinks until Boeing delivers a solar plane. To live as one healthy actor in our common home, what do we need more of?

350.org does great work. I hope green groups find the courage to point the way forward to climate recovery for this generation, not just protests, not false solutions, not 2°C or 1.5°C. Point us to the physical, ethical red line for survival, 350ppm this century.

We can do the math and we know. Our children depend on us.