Climate

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Demanding Climate Justice

Crag represents Oregon youth challenging the state’s failure to take meaningful action on climate change.  Part of an international movement to promote intergenerational justice, the Atmospheric Trust Litigation began in 2011.  Some natural resources are so essential for human life and well-being that our government holds them in trust for all citizens under the Public Trust Doctrine.

We argue that the government has a duty to protect our atmosphere as a public trust resource for the benefit of our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

What We’re Working On

Crag Challenges Oil Refinery Expansion in the Salish Sea

Crag Challenges Oil Refinery Expansion in the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is irreplaceable, so we have to get this right. Tesoro is proposing to transport a massive quantity of petrochemicals through the community, and the environmental study glosses over the risk of a major spill and the impact from greenhouse gases…

Intergenerational Justice and the Role of the Courts

Intergenerational Justice and the Role of the Courts

Crag Law Center is representing the League of Women Voters of the United States and League of Women Voters of Oregon as friends of the court in the federal youth climate case Juliana v. United States. On behalf of the Leagues, this Tuesday Crag filed an amicus curiae...

Crag Takes on Role in Federal Youth Climate Case

Crag Takes on Role in Federal Youth Climate Case

Youth plaintiff Kelsey Juliana speaks during a press conference on the sidewalk in front of the United States Supreme Court in Washington. The youth with her are part of 21 plaintiffs in a landmark federal lawsuit which accuses the federal government of violating...

Oregon Youth Ask Appellate Court to Protect Our Climate

Oregon Youth Ask Appellate Court to Protect Our Climate

Back in May 2011, youth from around the world filed lawsuits seeking remedies against state and federal governments for failing to take action to combat the climate crisis.  As part of this worldwide movement, Crag has been representing two young women here in Oregon...

Oregon Youth’s Climate Case Moves Forward

Oregon Youth’s Climate Case Moves Forward

Lane County Circuit Court Will Decide Whether The State Of Oregon Has An Obligation To Protect Young People From The Impacts Of Climate Change Today Crag's two young plaintiffs from Eugene, Kelsey Juliana and Olivia Chernaik filed a motion for partial summary judgment...

Oregon Teens to Get Their Day in Court in Global Warming Case

Oregon Teens to Get Their Day in Court in Global Warming Case

For the last two years, the Crag Law Center has represented two courageous kids from Eugene, Oregon - Olivia Chernaik and Kelsey Juliana - who are both concerned that the State of Oregon is failing to take action to prevent catastrophic global warming.  These two...

Oregon Climate Case Appealed

Oregon Climate Case Appealed

Today, Crag’s clients, two courageous young women from Eugene, announced their decision to Appeal their Atmospheric Trust case to Oregon’s Court of Appeals.  At the same time, the girls’ announced that they are asking the Court of Appeals to send the case straight up...

Something so important, so essential…

Something so important, so essential…

With all the buzz about the amazing Stories of Trust films Our Children’s Trust, WITNESS, and iMatter are putting together documenting the stories of the youth plaintiffs who are pursuing Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL) cases against their government, we thought it...

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