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Part 1 Instructions
Read all of the guidance and discussion prompts below.
Before watching the provided resources for this assignment, review the discussion questions below.
Create an outline for yourself (essentially a Word document with the questions). Use your outline while watching the provided videos, so you only need to watch them once.
While watching, it may be helpful to write down the time stamp when each discussion question is discussed, in case you need to hear those parts again. It is good to describe specific items from the resources in your responses as this helps to show what you learned.
Fully respond to each question, composing your answers in a Word document.
Note: Use your own words. All Discussion posts and Lab submissions must be written in your own words, even if you work through the course or lab material with someone else in the class. Also do not copy from subtitles. See Plagiarizing Definitions and Consequences (Start Here module) for more information.
Atmospheric Trust Litigation – Resources
Watch and review all of the provided videos and links related to the Atmospheric Trust Litigation, which is at the heart of the important Youth v. Gov. case out of Eugene, Oregon.
Bill Moyer Overview of the case, 2017 (video, 25:15): Climate Crusade https://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-climate-crusade/
2018, Washington Post Article:https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-refuses-to-block-kids-climate-lawsuit-against-us-government/2018/11/02/34bd7ee6-d7af-11e8-83a2-d1c3da28d6b6_story.html
2019, 60 Minutes video (13.46): The Climate Change Lawsuit That Could Stop the US Government from Supporting Fossil Fuels.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/juliana-versus-united-states-the-climate-change-lawsuit-that-could-stop-the-u-s-government-from-supporting-fossil-fuels-60-minutes/
and a link to the first video on that page: Juliana v. Gov clip on 60 Minutes (13:46) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm3EAPlT89I
January 2020: Sharply Divided 2:1 Ruling of Only Three Judges (2-page summary)https://static1.squarespace.com/static/571d109b04426270152febe0/t/5e22508873d1bc4c30fad90d/1579307146820/Juliana+Press+Release+1-17-20.pdf
Part 2: Discussion
Get involved and provide substantive responses that add to the discussion to at least two other posts! (50-100 words minimum each)
Remember to use separate paragraphs for each of the points listed above.
Remember to follow the Discussion Board Rubric in the three dots on the upper right to make sure you get all possible points.
We are looking forward to hearing what you learn!
1. Atmospheric Trust Litigation
What is Atmospheric Trust Litigation? How is this similar to a financial trust where a lawyer watches over an older persons assets until they are transferred to their beneficiaries when they die. Is it legal for the lawyers to spend the money in the trust?
Under this reasoning – does the government “own” the atmosphere? Or is it the natural resource heritage of this and all future generations?
So the atmosphere and all the natural resources on Earth actually do not belong to the governments! Instead, these resources have been entrusted to the governments to protect so they are available to you, your children, your grandchildren and generations yet to come. How does this make you feel about developed nations destroying your resources?
Atmospheric Trust Litigation (3 pts possible)
Ownership (2 pts possible)
Responsibility(2 pts possible)
Responses to Peers (3 pts possible)