The E-mail Commentary from Eco-Justice Ministries
Support the Youth
SUPPORT THE YOUTH -- OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST LAWSUIT
On Monday, October 29, the "Our Children's Trust" lawsuit will go to trial in the US District Court for Oregon. Eco-Justice Ministries strongly encourages congregations, church leaders, and other individuals to stand in support of the 21 youth who are the plaintiffs in this case.
Their urgency of their demand for climate justice is reinforced by this week's report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which details the dangers of even small amounts of additional warming, and which describes the need for immediate action.
In this mailing, we provide some congregational resources and options for activism related to the Our Children's Trust events.
BACKGROUND: This constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., was filed against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. (Note that this was during the Obama administration; the case is not a short-term complaint against one administration's policies.) The complaint of 21 youth asserts 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. (Read more on the Our Children's Trust website.)
See more information on the lawsuit, and a theological reflection on intergenerational climate ethics, with an Eco-Justice Notes from a year ago.
Please ask your faith community to join in these acts of support and witness. The trial should be getting significant news coverage. You can help the members of your congregation and community understand this "Trial of the Century" in terms of justice and theological ethics.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
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