Just returned from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, in the foothills of the Sierra. The Film Festival is the annual fundraiser for South Yuba River Citizen’s League. Over 800 volunteers worked to pull off the festival smoothly for over 4,000 attendees. The festival featured long and short films inspiring environmental and social justice activism. (Photo: Wild & Scenic.)
I spoke on Friday evening in conjunction with Land of Rivers, a film by the Environmental Justice Foundation. On Sunday I participated on a panel about “Climate Justice, Human Rights, and Video Advocacy” with two other women climate justice lawyers: Julia Olson, Executive Director of Our Children’s Trust, an organization that empowers youth to protect the Earth’s climate for Future Generations; and Kelly Matheson, Program Manager at WITNESS, an international human rights NGO that uses video to change human rights law. We had a great time.
Here’s the description of our panel presentation:
With the rise of popular movements such as Occupy and Arab Spring, citizens around the world have—once again—reoccupied the public realm with powerful arguments for human rights and justice. It is no different in the context of climate change. Here in the U.S., youth from over 12 states are reoccupying the atmosphere. As part of the TRUST Campaign, these youth are suing the U.S. and state governments to protect the atmosphere for present and future generations. This workshop will walk participants through the impacts of climate change on human rights both here and abroad, setting the global context for why the TRUST Campaign is so important. We will introduce the young and courageous plaintiffs behind the case, provide up-to-date status on current TRUST litigation, and claim the power of film to support climate change litigation.