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Attorney For Climate Kids Keynotes Conference

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Among the speakers at this weekend’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene is an attorney who represents 21 youths who are suing the federal government over climate change. 

Julia Olson says she’s hopeful the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule soon on whether the climate case can go to trial. She’s with Our Children’s Trust, which filed the federal suit and a handful of other climate lawsuits in several states and internationally on behalf of young people. Olson says the current activism around gun violence in schools is another example of how youth are challenging those in power who put their future in jeopardy.
“You know, we’re just seeing people again and again, rising up to try to safeguard their futures and it’s all very important work and we’re here to support those young people.”
Olson is the keynote speaker at the Environmental Law Conference Friday at the U of O in Eugene. She’ll share stories about the work she’s doing with young activists. Rachael McDonald KLCC news.
 

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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