Our Children's Trust

Our Children's Trust is a nonprofit organization advocating for urgent emissions reductions on behalf of youth and future generations, who have the most to lose if emissions are not reduced. OCT is spearheading the international human rights and environmental TRUST Campaign to compel governments to safeguard the atmosphere as a "public trust" resource. We use law, film, and media to elevate their compelling voices. Our ultimate goal is for governments to adopt and implement enforceable science-based Climate Recovery Plans with annual emissions reductions to return to an atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration of 350 ppm.

Releases by this organization

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Stop Children’s Constitutional Case on the Eve of Trial
Today, for the second time in three months, the Department of Justice asked the United States Supreme Court to circumvent the ordinary procedures of federal litigation and stop the constitutional case Juliana v. United States, involving the substantive due process and equal protection rights of...
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
District Court Makes Sweeping Ruling in Juliana v. United States
On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ruled on the Trump administration’s motion for judgment on the pleadings (“MJP”) and motion for summary judgment (“MSJ”) in the landmark constitutional climate lawsuit Juliana v. United States, filed by 21 young Americans and supported by Our Children’...
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Florida Youth Sue Gov. Rick Scott, Adam Putnam for Endangering Their Future
Today, eight Florida youth, including well-known climate activists Delaney Reynolds and Levi Draheim, filed a constitutional climate lawsuit against the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott, and several state agencies in Leon County Court. The complaint asserts that in causing climate change, the...
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Following Denial Of Climate Rulemaking Petition, Alaskan Youth Take Governor Walker To Court
Alleging that the state is violating their constitutional rights by putting fossil fuel production above the safety of their lives, 16 young Alaskans filed a constitutional climate change lawsuit against the State of Alaska, Governor Bill Walker, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)...
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Monday, March 20, 2017
Attorneys Representing Youth in Climate Case Ask Feds & API to Turn Over Wayne Tracker Emails
Attorneys representing 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States served request for production (RFP) of documents to the U.S. government and the American Petroleum Institute (API) asking both defendants to turn over the “Wayne Tracker” emails, as part of discovery in the climate case. As...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Youth Seek Answers from the Oil Industry in Climate Case
Today, youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States released a copy of their request for documents sent to American Petroleum Institute (API), an intervenor-defendant in their constitutional climate case. The request seeks to establish a factual record of the role that the oil and gas industry...
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Thursday, February 09, 2017
Kids Name President Trump As Defendant In Constitutional Climate Case
Today, youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States filed a notice with a federal court in Oregon, naming Donald J. Trump as a defendant in their landmark climate case on pace for trial this fall. Plaintiffs have substituted President Trump as a named party in place of former President Barack Obama...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Youth Delivers 62,000 Care2 Petition Signatures in Support of Climate Lawsuit to White House Urging Obama to “Leave a Legacy of Truth”
Today, Victoria Barrett, 17, will send more than 62,000 Care2 petition signatures in support of her climate lawsuit to the White House. Victoria is one of 21 young people suing President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate...
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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Youth Seek to Obtain Testimony from Rex Tillerson in Constitutional Climate Lawsuit
Today, attorneys representing 21 young people in their federal climate lawsuit, sought to obtain testimony from Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Trump’s candidate for Secretary of State. The Notice seeks Tillerson’s testimony by way of deposition on January 19, 2017 in Dallas,...
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Judge Allows Youth Constitutional Climate Rights Case to Move Forward Against State of WA and Gov. Inslee
Judge Hollis Hill ruled Monday that the youths who sued the Department of Ecology for failing to take action on climate change can again move forward, now with a constitutional climate rights claim that adds the state of Washington and Gov. Jay Inslee as defendants. The court granted the youth’s...
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