Credit: Hartman, Steven, Peter Norrman, and Julia Olson. Why is it important to get the courts involved in the question of climate disruption? Originally published in bifrostonline.org, 26 October 2018 (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Why is it important to get the courts involved in the question of climate disruption?
Julia Olson, co-founder of Our Children’s Trust, reflects on why the judiciary must get involved in the question of disruption of the climate system. As a branch of the U.S. government intended to check violations of the rights of citizens by the other two other branches of government, she explains, it falls to the courts to ensure these other political (or more easily politicized) branches do not sell short the citizenry in favor of powerful monied interests.