Children’s Climate Crusade: Introduction (01:32)
This segment orients viewers to the topic of climate and government responsibility. (Credits)
Public Trust (01:53)
Legal scholar Mary Christina Wood developed atmospheric trust litigation, recently used to sue Oregon under the public trust doctrine for failure to act on global warming.
Climate Change Lawsuits (02:26)
"Our Children's Trust" sued the government to try to force carbon emission cuts, based on public trust legal doctrine rather than statutory law.
Street Democracy (02:15)
Street protests must complement legal strategy; judges will move quickly if they sense public support.
Environmental Agencies (03:01)
Wood states that environmental law is not working; the EPA and other agencies give free reign to industry. She calls on the public to act.
Public Trust Trumps Statute (03:08)
The Public Trust doctrine says government is a trustee of resources. Pennsylvania blocked legislation allowing fracking on this basis.
Political Question (02:06)
Wood admits that environmental regulation is a political question, but says courts need to act since legislatures are not. Courts initially dismissed cases but are more receptive.
High Stakes (00:42)
Wood says that climate is a civilizational issue, not just an environmental. She believes that because of the stakes, courts should act.
Local Action (02:26)
Wood states that with Republicans controlling Congress, climate change action unlikely. She does believe that change can happen at the local level.
Political and Legal Reality (02:38)
Sate supreme courts face pressure from donors funding judicial elections, but Wood sees hope working within the system.
Wealth Gap (02:51)
Moyers argues that America's wealth gap threatens democracy and closes his final broadcast by welcoming the young generation to the political fight.
Sponsors & Credits: Moyers & Company: The Children's Climate Crusade (01:34)
Sponsors & Credits: Moyers & Company: The Children's Climate Crusade
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