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Occupy SMA


By Jim Carey

On Monday, OccupySMA will revisit Moyers and Company`s last broadcast on January 1, 2015. Bill Moyers’ calm and thoughtful questioning regarding climate change causes us to realize as few other broadcast journalists “The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

“The very agencies created to protect our environment have been hijacked by the polluting industries that they were meant to regulate,” says Moyers. He introduces us to Our Children’s Trust—a nonprofit youth-led environmental campaign advocating government agencies, states, and the courts of Oregon and Alaska for legislation and judicial rulings on behalf of a stable climate and a healthy atmosphere.

The innovative legal framework for this crusade against global warming is called atmospheric trust litigation. It takes the fate of the Earth into the courts, arguing that the planet’s atmosphere­—its air, water, land, plants, and animals—are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to ensure the survival of all generations to come. It’s the strategy being used by Moyers’ guest, Kelsey Juliana, a co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against carbon emissions.

It’s the brainchild of Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar who wrote the book, Nature’s Trust, tracing this public trust doctrine all the way back to ancient Rome.

Wood tells Moyers, “Humanity cannot hope for a livable planet if government agencies continue to license industries to pollute and destroy the remaining natural resources. Environmental law becomes profoundly relevant to the daily life and future well-being of every citizen alive today.

If this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake, the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job. If we love our children, our nieces and nephews and grandchildren, we cannot be pessimists. We have to do everything possible at this moment in time, and we have to forge ahead with courage and optimism.”

We will also view videos of some of the extraordinary teenagers who have been fighting for their future in courts all across the United States.

Our programs are free and open to everyone. Join us Monday at the Quinta Loreto Hotel at 1pm for this inspiring and thoughtful event.


Film and Discussion

Occupy SMA presents

Climate Change and the Fierce Urgency of Now

Mon, Aug 13, 1pm

Quinta Loreto Hotel

Loreto 15, Centro,

TV room



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