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OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST CAME TO TOWN…

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OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST came to town on the coldest day of the winter and the Grannies were there to welcome them. 21 youth plaintiffs, together with Julia Olson the lead attorney in their federal lawsuit, appeared on Thursday, January 31st at the New York Society for Ethical Culture to discuss ‘Changing Tactics in the Face of the Climate Emergency. Joining them in a discussion were representatives from 350.org and Sunrise.

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The young people have experienced climate change first-hand and their case demands action from the U.S. government to reverse course immediately and protect our water, air, land and atmosphere – as is the legal basis in the Public Trust doctrine dating back to Roman times. James Madison in 1818 worried about the damage from forests being cut down ! The youth await a new court date which was postponed from October 2018.

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Our table joined those staffed by students from various groups – the Sunrise Movement, the Alliance for Climate Education (a nonprofit providing educational resources on climate science and justice, as well as training for young climate leaders); the Sierra Club; and, of course, 350 NYC and O.C.T.

The GPB shared a table with these students from a New Jersey high school.

We have ten years in which to turn around global systems and the USA bears the largest responsibility as we have for decades released the most Greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, with our military generating the most GHG.

The enthusiasm and energy of the 21 youths was palpable. Watch for a segment on SIXTY MINUTES in mid-February. Support them!

– Nydia Leaf
for the Granny Peace Brigade
Photos: Linda Novenski and Eva-Lee Baird

Links to follow up:

Article by Alice Slater and Medea Benjamin Why Green New Deal Advocates Must Address Militarism  From Counterpunch December 19, 2019

www.ourchildrenstrust.org
www.acespace.org
www.ourclimateourfuture.org

Bring Wind Power to New York State – Now

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GPB at Alternative Energy Rally wind-solarNew York State Clean Energy Standard Hearing
May 31, 2016
Administrative Law Judge Kevin Casutto

Dear Judge Casutto,

As a resident of New York City, I urge the Department of Public Service to inaugurate the plan to implement a clean energy offshore wind power initiative.  New York City needs a new approach to energy alternatives, and this natural resource is within our reach off the Long Island shoreline.

John B. Rhodes, President and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) said, “While offering the promise of a vast renewable energy resource for the state’s most populous region, it will also bring with it economic development, job creation, and a cleaner environment.”

A study conducted by the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) for NYSERDA, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps New York State can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade.

Harnessing the power of wind will promote energy efficiency. It’s clean, improves public health, delivers savings, and opens new doors for good-paying jobs.

The New York State Department of Public Service should take advantage of the technological advancements in wind energy and move toward a cleaner and smarter energy grid. It’s a Win-Win for our state, our city, and our children who will benefit from a cleaner environment and future job opportunities.

Respectfully,
Barbara Harris
for the Granny Peace Brigade

NY City Council Hearing on the Climate March

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The Public Hearing on the Climate March was chaired by Donovan J. Richards, with several other members of the Environment Subcommittee joining. The objective was the Resolution 356 to support the Climate March in NYC, 21 Sept 2014 and its objectives, mainly to influence a positive outcome of the upcoming Climate Meetings at the UN in Sept towards a stronger national and global commitment in addressing climate change.

The Hearing opened with an overview of global warming by the Archbishop of Mexico! The Hearing concluded 3+ hours later with a strong statement by our Barbara Harris focusing on the importance of closing Indian Point, moving to renewable energy, especially solar energy, highlighting the efforts of CUNY  throughout the metro area to introduce solar  energy on rooftops, training programs on green energy, among other innovative activities that the city and Council can draw upon. The Chairman indicated that he expected that Council Members will be joining the March.He also emphasized the March was a “new” beginning to mobilize  actions at all levels in the city, state and country towards a carbon neutral future.  ACTION: Call our local council members ensuring they vote yes on Resolution 356 asap!

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ATL and GPB – Hint: it’s not a Tweet

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As the United Nations Conference on Climate Change meets in Warsaw, the Granny Peace Brigade (GPB) has joined an Amicus Brief (Friend of the Court) in support of five Youth Plaintiffs and their federal lawsuit of Atmospheric Trust Litigation (ATL).

Together with other organizations – Global Kids, Earth Guardians, 350.org, Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action NetworkLabor Network for Sustainability, HelpAge International and HelpAge USA – the Grannies are supporting these Youths and their appeal filed on May 23, 2013.

Atmospheric Trust Litigation is grounded in Public Trust Doctrine in which governments have a legal responsibility to protect those resources essential for collective survival and prosperity.   Public Trust Doctrine dates to Roman Emperor Justinian 1500 years ago.

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Alec Loorz, founder of Kids vs Global Warming and an activist since the age of 12, first filed a suit on May 4, 2011 against six U. S. agency defendants demanding “Climate Recovery Plans” to protect our climate system. Alec, the lead plaintiff, was 16 years old and joining him were 4 Youths in a legal action in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.

In April 2012 the National Association of Manufacturers was granted defendant status in the case as “fossil fuel intervenors.”  On May 12, 2012 District Court Judge Robert Wilkins dismissed the Youth’s suit on the grounds that it was a legislative matter and not one for courts to decide.

In the fall of  2012 several Grannies met with Julia Olson, attorney and Executive Director of  Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit organization working with youth around the country, and filmmaker Kelly Matheson, coordinator of a Trust campaign.  At that meeting the GPB was invited to join the case as a Friend of the Court, should an appeal be filed.  And it was filed on October 22, 2013.

The Youth Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  It charges that irreparable harm to resources and loss of a habitable climate system is a breach of the Trust relationship between Youth and Government.  As such it is a breach of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution.  Youth’s claims are based on fundamental obligations of the government which are incapable of being displaced by legislation.

The GPB has now joined the appeal as Amicus Curiae, a Friend of the Court, with the following statement:

We Grannies stand for Peace.  The Granny Peace Brigade (“GPB”) formed in 2006 after 18 older women were found not guilty in a court of law of charges related to their actions opposing the Iraq War.  We stand for human rights and justice.  We oppose war and the violence of poverty and racism.  We are committed to the struggle to make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren everywhere.  From the perspective of our ages ranging between 67 and 98 years, we are witnesses to the drastic and dramatic climate changes taking place and feel it our responsibility to act on behalf of future generations.   We join with the plaintiffs.

– Nydia Leaf
for the Granny Peace Brigade

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