BRINGING THE KIDS' CLIMATE CASE TO COURT: A LAWYER MOM FROM OREGON

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13 september 2016

Meet the mom litigating the 'biggest case on the planet'

By John D. Sutter, CNN, 13 September 2016

Eugene, Oregon (CNN)Julia Olson is litigating what should be considered the most important court case in the United States: She's helping 21 kids, as young as age 9, sue the Obama administration over its insufficient action on climate change.

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On Tuesday, Olson will try to get US District Judge Ann Aiken, a Bill Clinton appointee, to feel the weight of the court's responsibility to do what other branches of government so far have failed to do: Create a national plan to get greenhouse gas emissions to levels that scientists consider safe. She's bringing the suit on behalf of 21 young people because children have more to lose with climate change than adults. They'll be living the climate-changed future we all should fear.

These climate kids can't vote. They have no voice in politics.

Yet, sitting in the front row of federal court, wearing ill-fitting suits and doodling during the arguments, they will be seen. And Olson will attempt to make them heard.

"It's as if the children really speak through her," said Mary Wood, faculty director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon.

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