Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman, and Julia Olson. The Principle of Atmospheric Trust. Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 26 October 2018 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The Principle of Atmospheric Trust
Julia Olson, co-founder of Our Children’s Trust, outlines the principle of atmospheric trust at the heart of the Juliana v. United States lawsuit that she is leading through U.S. federal court system. Atmospheric trust litigation, she explains, is an application of the public trust doctrine long established in Western law, which holds that governments are formed to protect those things that are essential to their citizenry. Juliana v. United States maintains that a stable climate system is an essential resource that we all need to live our lives.