Meet the teens schooling us on climate

A group of high school students are now planning a nationwide series of climate marches on July 21, when they will confront lawmakers in Washington, D.C., with a list of their demands for a livable climate.

“I’d say I do about three hours of conference calls every single day,” says the lead organizer of the march, Jamie Margolin, a 16-year-old high school sophomore in Seattle. “I’m not new to the climate activism world.”

It’s true. Margolin is one of 13 young plaintiffs suing Washington state government for not taking sufficient action to address climate change. She frequently spends lunches answering emails instead of hanging out with friends. And the Seattle teen is not an anomaly: Statistically, young women of color like Margolin are the demographic most engaged on climate issues.

READ MORE at grist.org

13 kids sue Washington state for life, liberty and a livable climate

Thirteen kids are suing the state of Washington and its governor to protect their generation from climate change.

The plaintiffs range in age from 7 to 17. Please read the article on Seattle’s KUOW.

Youth Leaders Demand Bold Climate Action

On Presidents Day, February 19th, 2018, Plant for the Planet Climate Justice Ambassadors and families from around the state of Washington came together for the Youth Lead the Way Climate Lobby Day.

 

Youth in front of Capitol in Olympia, WA

Here is a report from The San Juan Islander.

 

Seattle Arbor Day at Sam Smith Park

Plant for the Planet will be planting trees for Seattle Arbor Day at Sam Smith Park on Saturday October 14, 2017 – Please join us from 8:30am to Noon.
Our Primary Sponsor is City of Seattle’s Jana Dilley from the “Trees for Seattle” Program. Please contact Anne Miller (or 2068497456) for more information.

Directions: Go towards Sam Smith Park at 1400 Martin Luther King Way S, Seattle, WA 98144.

Once you are at the south side of the park, find the intersection of S Massachusetts Street and 28th Ave.

Then go north on 28th nearly to the end.  (28th is a dead end road). Tree planting will occur near the north end of 28th.  We will meet and plant trees across the street from the “Our Lady of Mount Virgin” Church. See map below:

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“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.

Ambassadors pushing Seattle Council to support Paris Agreement

The Seattle City Council Monday resolved to maintain and develop the environmental standards of the Paris Agreement. Before the vote on Monday, 12th of June 2017 two Plant for the Planet Climate Justice Ambassadors spoke in support of this resolution.

15 year old CJA Jamie Margolin spoke out for labeling Gas Pumps with Warming Labels about the effect fossil fuels have on the Climate.

 

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11 year old CJA Azure Faloona urged the Council to support the resolution and discussed the scientific basis to keep warming below 1.5 degrees and CO2 levels below 350 ppm.

Check out their testimonies in this YouTube video:

You can find the full hearing at seattlechannel.org. And you can also read a summary at the Seattle Times.

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