[Video] : XIUHTEZCATL MARTINEZ – TAKING ON CLIMATE CHANGE WITH “WE RISE”

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, author of “We Rise,” describes what motivated him to begin his career as a climate activist at the age of six.

On Feb. 5 2018, the Earth Guardians federal lawsuit goes to trial

JULIANA v. U.S. CLIMATE LAWSUIT

“Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society.” –

– U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken

Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Other plaintiffs in the case include world-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, serving as guardian for future generations and his granddaughter, and Earth Guardians, as an organizational plaintiff.

Their complaint 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.

The fossil fuel industry initially intervened in the case as defendants, joining the U.S. government in trying to have the case dismissed. On April 8, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin recommended the denial of their motions to dismiss, and U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken upheld Judge Coffin’s recommendation, with the issuance of an historic November 10, 2016 opinion and order that denied the motions. When the defendants sought an interlocutory appeal of that order, Judge  Aiken denied the Trump administration’s motions on June 8, 2017.

On June 28, 2017, Judge Coffin issued an order releasing the fossil fuel industry defendants from the case, and setting a trial date for February 5, 2018 before Judge Aiken at the U.S. District Court of Oregon in Eugene. Youth plaintiffs, now age 10 to 21, and their attorneys are now preparing for trial!

On July 28, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals requested attorneys for youth plaintiffs submit a response to the government’s petition for “writ of mandamus” and invited the District Court to respond as well. The District Court responded via letter on August 25th, and the youth plaintiffs filed their answer on August 28th. Further, eight amicus briefs were filed with the Ninth Circuit in support of the youth plaintiffs. The US government defendants now have until September 11th to reply before the Ninth Circuit will issue its ruling on whether the case can proceed to trial.

Read More at https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/us/federal-lawsuit/

 

Moment In History : Tulsi Gabbard Nominates Bernie Sanders

Jul 26, 2016
“My fellow Democrats, my fellow Americans, aloha.

People have asked me how a somewhat frumpy and sometimes grumpy 70-year old could become the voice for millions, connecting seamlessly with laborers in the Rust Belt and environmentalists in the West.

The answer lies in his aloha: his deep love for others and Mother Earth.

As Bernie said, “The truth is, when you hurt, when your children hurt, I hurt. And when my kids hurt, you hurt.”

This is a movement of love.

Love which calls us to care for families torn apart by our criminal justice system … to care for folks whose jobs have vanished because of destructive trade deals … to care for those barely scraping by at minimum wage or crippled by college debt… to care about our environment and future generations… to care about lives lost, lives ruined, and countries destroyed by counterproductive regime change wars… to care for our veterans who face unacceptable delays and inadequate care.

This movement of love and compassion is bigger than any one of us … it speaks to our nation’s conscience, to our hearts.

Such love opens our eyes to the truth that every hungry child is my child every worker seeking the dignity of a job is my neighbor . . . every senior citizen in need of care is my parent … an attack on anyone because of race, religion, or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us.

It’s when we care for each other — choosing inclusion and love over division and hatred — that this great country is at its greatest.

Let us draw inspiration from the words of Mahatma Gandhi: “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”

My friends, because this is a movement fueled by love, it can never be stopped or defeated.

On behalf of millions inspired by aloha, determined to seek a future rooted in love, compassion and justice, and dedicated to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, I am honored to nominate Bernie Sanders for President of the United States.”

 

COURT FINDS THAT APPROVAL OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE VIOLATED THE LAW

Army Corp of Engineers shortcut environmental review;
Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access Pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which was hastily issued by the Army Corp of Engineers after the Trump administration issued a “presidential memo“, just days after the inauguration, it directed the Army Corps to issue the easement to the extent allowed by law, and to the extent warranted. By bowing to this political pressure the ACoE violated the law in certain critical respects.
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