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New Ruling Gives Children Right to Sue Government over Climate Change

By Fredrica Syren:

In a landmark case last week, a judge in Oregon gave 21 children ranging in ages from 9 to 20 the right to sue the U.S. government for its part in causing global warming. A motion to dismiss by the federal government and fossil fuel industry was ruled against on November 10th, 2016, officially giving this lawsuit a green light for trial.

The lawsuit, initiated by Our Children’s Trust, a civic engagement nonprofit for youth, is suing not only President Obama but also federal agencies and the fossil fuel industry for violating these 21 children’s constitutional right to life, liberty, property and to vital public trust resources by continuing to use fossil fuels. World-renowned climate scientist Dr. James E. Hansen, who already in 1988 pleaded with Congress to do something about the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions, is serving as a guardian for future generations and his own granddaughter in the same lawsuit.

It’s a huge victory celebrated not only by the plaintiffs and everyone else involved, but also by other environmental activists in the U.S. It’s an opening for other federal climate lawsuits. The ruling also makes it harder for governments to dismiss global warming and climate change, and not do their part in fighting it .And it holds both the President and the fossil fuel corporations responsible for our children’s well-being. It’s the first time that has ever happened.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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