Climate Change on Trial

Monday, April 22, 2019
6:10 pm - 6:40 pm, Fowler - Lecture/Classroom - A103B - Lenart Auditorium

An Earth Day Conversation with Julia Olson, Lead Attorney for Landmark Children's Climate Lawsuit

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Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required by April 18, 2019.


(310) 825-4841


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Today's young people and their children and grandchildren will bear the brunt of global warming. The effects American communities are experiencing today – heat waves, sea-level rise, extreme rainfall, crop failures, and wildfires – will worsen over time.

In 2015, 21 youth plaintiffs filed suit against the federal government, arguing that by subsidizing fossil fuels and failing to control greenhouse gas emissions the United States is violating the children's constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The innovative case, Juliana v. United States, has survived two appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, but government lawyers continue to fight to prevent the case from ever heading to trial.

At an Earth Day event hosted by UCLA School of Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Julia Olson, Executive Director and Chief Legal Counsel for Our Children's Trust, and lead attorney for the youth plaintiffs, will deliver an evening lecture to discuss this groundbreaking case. Olson's work has been profiled in 60 Minutes, The Washington Post, CNN, Vogue, NPR, and many other leading media outlets. University of Oregon Law Professor Mary Wood told The New York Times, "she has built not just a case, but a movement."

Following the lecture, UCLA Emmett Institute Faculty Director and Shapiro Law Professor Ann Carlson will moderate a discussion and Q&A with the speaker. A reception will precede the event.

This event is co-sponsored by UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA Sustainability, and the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.

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