Our Children’s Trust – fighting for inter-generational justice
Jacob Lebel is a 21-year-old climate activist and farmer from Roseburg. Jacob is a plaintiff in the Juliana vs United States court case coordinated by the Eugene-based Our Children’s Trust (https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/) “leading the game-changing, youth-driven, global climate recovery program to secure the legal right to a stable climate and health atmosphere.” The basis for the lawsuit is the historic Public Trust Doctrine, a legal concept with ancient roots. This doctrine is based on the principle that certain natural resources cannot be fairly or effectively managed by private owners. Rather, predicting the concept of Sustainable Development established by the United Nations in 1992, the doctrine argues these resources should be held in trust by governments to be managed on behalf of present and future generations. The case also involves the 5th amendment to the U.S. Constitution which states: “No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
At its September monthly meeting on Tuesday September 24th, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) will host Jacob Lebel. Jacob will discuss the status of Juliana vs United States and the timeline for the future. SOCAN meetings are held at the Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Avenue from 6:00 to 7:30 pm; attendance is free and open to the public.