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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Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Judge to Hear Oral Arguments for Federal Constitutional Climate Case
The hearing will be before Judge Coffin in federal district court in Oregon on Wednesday, March 9, as the youth and their attorneys argue against the effort by the U.S. government and fossil fuel industry to dismiss their constitutional case. On this momentous day, the claims of the youth...
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Prominent Catholic Groups File Amicus Brief In Support of Youth’s Landmark Constitutional Climate
On Friday, the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, on behalf of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the constitutional climate change lawsuit brought by 21 young plaintiffs from across America. The...
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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Fossil Fuel Industry Becomes Named Defendant in Youths' Landmark Constitutional Climate Lawsuit
On January 13, 2016, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin of the federal District Court in Oregon granted defendant status to three trade associations, representing nearly all of the world’s largest fossil fuel companies. The three associations had moved to intervene in the constitutional climate change...
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Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to Hear Youth’s Climate Change Lawsuit
WHAT : The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral argument in the important climate change case, Kain et al. v. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, brought by four inspiring youth plaintiffs, Conservation Law Foundation, and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance against the...
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Monday, December 07, 2015
Young Plaintiffs Vigorously Oppose Fossil Fuel Industry’s Attempt to Intervene in Constitutional Climate Lawsuit
21 young people from around the country are working to keep the world’s largest fossil fuel companies from intervening in their constitutional climate change lawsuit. Last week, the youth opposed the industry’s proposal to intervene as defendants in their case. The proposed interveners are trade...
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Friday, October 30, 2015
Hearing in Youth’s Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit
WHAT: Judge Hollis Hill will hear oral argument in the important case brought by seven young Washingtonians to address Washington Department of Ecology’s persistent refusal to set science-based carbon pollution limits. WHEN: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Court hearing begins at 8:30 a.m. ; please...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Oral Arguments for Youth’s Climate Change Lawsuit are Postponed After Kate Brown Takes Over as Governor of Oregon
New Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who recently took the oath of office following John Kitzhaber’s resignation, has requested a delay in a landmark climate change lawsuit brought by two Oregon teenagers. An important court hearing in the case has been rescheduled from its original date of March 13 to...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
12-Year-Old Takes North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission to Court Over Climate Change
Yesterday, in North Carolina Superior Court in Wake County, 12-year-old Hallie Turner appealed a decision by North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission rejecting her climate change petition for rulemaking. Last December, Hallie submitted her petition to the Environmental Management...
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Friday, June 06, 2014
Youth Denied Critical Climate Change Relief by US Court
On June 5, 2014, a panel of judges at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to grant important climate change relief sought by youth appellants. The young people’s lawsuit asked the federal government to do its part in restoring the atmosphere to 350 parts per million (ppm) of CO by the end of the century. The appellants’ requested relief was based on the urgent warning of leading international climate scientists that failure to do so will result in disastrous climate disruption during the lifetimes of the youth.
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