A group of teens in Oregon, USA filed a #Lawsuit against Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state accusing them of failing to take concrete actions over climate change. Kelsey Juliana, 18, and co-plaintiff Olivia Chernaik, 14, announced to their government that it isn't doing enough to protect current and future generations from negative impacts of global warming.
Juliana was quoted by Huffington Post as saying that the government is working for young people and if it is not doing its job then she is ready to attack it into a court of law. "I want to remind them that we are their employer," said Juliana, 18, a native of Eugene, Oregon, and freshman at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
Meanwhile NASA has found out that the year 2014 has ranked as Earth's warmest year since 1880, according to two separate analyses by its scientists and those of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Scientists indicate that with the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in modern record have now occurred since 2000.
"NASA is at the forefront of the scientific investigation of the dynamics of the Earth's climate on a global scale," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The institution studies Earth as a complete system and tries to understand the role and impacts of human activities.
Informed teens that will face the devastating consequences of climate change have now started to question the inaction of current politicians. Julia Olson, executive director of the non-profit Our Children's Trust told Huffington Post that this could be a landmark decision on the question: "Does government, as trustee over our essential natural resources, have to protect it from carbon pollution and the impacts of climate disruption?"
This lawsuit case might usher a number of such cases in New Mexico and other parts of the world like in the Netherlands. The motion that was filed with the help of Our Children`s Trust quizzes Oregon government to develop and implement a plan that will contribute to a global reduction in emissions necessary to "return atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to 350 ppm by the year 2100.
Since 1880, NASA scientists tip that the Earth's average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius). It is largely driven by the increase in Carbone dioxide and other human emissions into the planet`s atmosphere. They further say that the majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. This also coincides with the tremendous growth in international trade over the same period.
The volume of world trade increased twenty-seven fold from $296 billion in 1950 to $8 trillion in 2005 according to 2007 World Trade Organization statistics. Economists at WTO said that this trend is expected to continue as trade respectively grew by 4.7% in 2014 and 5.3% in 2015. Though international trade allow consumers to enjoy a broader selection of products and services, it is also expected to have a devastating effects on global warming.
Environmental law experts agree with Juliana and her friends move even though they are not optimistic that their plaintiffs will be successful. Willy Jay, a lawyer with expertise in Supreme Court and environmental cases told Huffing post that it would be an unprecedented holding for a state court to declare that the atmosphere is a public trust subject to control of state government.