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, 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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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Youth Petition Obama to Come to Table in #Youthvgov Lawsuit Before Trump Takes Over
Victoria Barrett, 17, and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 16, sued the United States, President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate destabilization, and violations of their constitutional rights. On November 10, 2016, U.S. District...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Victory for America’s Youth – Constitutional Climate Lawsuit against U.S. to Proceed
Today, the federal court in Eugene, Oregon decided in favor of 21 youth plaintiffs in their “groundbreaking” constitutional climate lawsuit against President Obama, numerous federal agencies, and the fossil fuel industry. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken completely rejected all arguments to...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Maine Youth File Climate Rulemaking Petition
Today, a group of Mainers submitted a climate change petition for rulemaking to the Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Board of Environmental Protection. The petitioners – 216 registered voters, 164 young people, and the groups 350 Maine and Earth Guardians – are requesting that...
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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Amidst Mounting Climate Chaos, One Court Presides Over Fate of Nation and Its Youth
WHAT: Oral arguments in Juliana, et al. v. United States, et al., before Judge Ann Aiken on government and fossil fuel industry’s objections to Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin’s denial of their motions to dismiss. WHEN: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 @ 10:00 am PST . Arrive by 8:00 am to secure a seat...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Youth Climate Advocates Secure Victory in Massachusetts Climate Change Lawsuit
Today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found in favor of four youth plaintiffs , the Conservation Law Foundation, and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance in the critical climate change case, Kain et al. v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection . The Court found that the DEP was...
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Friday, April 29, 2016
Youths Secure Second Win In Washington State Climate Lawsuit
Today, in a surprise ruling from the bench in the critical climate case brought by youths against the State of Washington's Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to promulgate an emissions reduction rule by the end of 2016 and make...
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