Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 18, 2015: “Climate 8” Assert a Stable Climate System Is a Human Right

If the "climate 8" get their way in Seattle's King County Superior Court, the right to a stable climate system could become as "inalienable" - and as groundbreaking - as any right conceived by the founding fathers, similar to the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In an era of growing climate chaos where youth the world over will pay the highest price, the lawsuit argues that the state Department of Ecology has a mandatory duty to protect natural resources, including the atmosphere, for future generations. The eight tween and teen students who brought the legal action against the state argue that they do, and that it's government's responsibility to protect those rights. Martha Baskin has more from Seattle.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

November 3, 2015: Stopping Shell in Its Tracks: Washington State Communities Say No to Oil Trains

“Shell No!” is again a rallying cry for environmentalists in Western Washington committed to derailing the oil giant's plans to build a railspur for its Puget Sound refinery. Years of derailments and explosions throughout North America combined with Shell using the Port of Seattle as a homeport for its Arctic drilling plans, spurned a new coalition, Stand Up To Oil, Communities Fueling Change, whose goal is to stand up to threats posed by rapid and dramatic changes in oil transportation while working to improve safety measures for oil currently traveling through the region. Martha Baskin reports.

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