A clarification of the public trust concept as it applies to the climate crisis

Mary Christina Wood, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, University of Oregon

Environmental legal theorist Professor Mary Wood clarifies the public trust doctrine as it relates to the atmospheric trust litigation approach she has developed. That apprach is now being tested in U.S. federal court in the historic climate change lawsuit Juliana v. United States.

Bifrost gratefully acknowledges Stephanie LeMenager, Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor in English and American Literature at University of Oregon, and the leadership of the research network NIES for all their valuable work and support behind the scenes that helped make this video interview possible. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Torsten Kjellstrand of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication for providing valuable studio facilities where this and other interviews were filmed with Eugene-based activists, scholars, lawyers and plaintiffs affiliated with Our Children’s Trust.