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The Fierce Urgency of Now

By Jim Carey

On September 21, 2014, over 400,000 people marched in NYC demanding that the world’s governments “protect” the earth from the continual massive destruction caused by the fossil fuel industries. Recognizing the fierce urgency of now, 96,863 persons have pledged to resist and be arrested if President Obama and the Congress legislate approval of the Keystone pipeline. Citizens are demanding political change.

The Fierce Urgency of Now
Mon, May 11, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
TV room
Loreto 15

Few are aware of the 2011 lawsuits brought by Our Children’s Trust. At the heart of these lawsuits is the “doctrine of public trust,” which states that government is the trustee of the natural resources that support our survival. The beneficiaries of this trust are the present and future generations.

On July, 2012, Pennsylvania’s Chief Justice Ronald Castille ruled against the Commonwealth and in favor of antifracking stating that the Pennsylvania State Constitution guarantees the inalienable right of citizens to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. In Eugene, Oregon, teenagers came together to create the Youth Climate Action Now campaign to advocate for their right to a safe and stable climate system. They attended every City Council meeting for a year to present testimony and voice their concerns about the negative effects of climate change in Eugene. In July 2014, this City Council, recognizing their duty as trustees of the environment, passed the most progressive Climate Recovery Ordinance in the US.

This “atmospheric trust litigation” is outlined in University of Oregon law professor Mary Christina Wood’s book Nature’s Trust Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age. The demand is to bring down carbon emissions to avert catastrophic climate change. The remedy is to have the court order and sanction the legislatures (local, state, and federal) to do their constitutional job now before we pass the crucial tipping point of the planet’s destruction.

Our hope is that the young and their loving energy will save the planet. A discussion follows after our films. Our events have free admission.


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