Public trust and Oregon

The Children’s Climate Crusade.

But first some thoughts for the newer followers of this blog.

Being the author of this blog I have no idea how people find this place, and more importantly, what they make of it! It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it is as a result of a web search associated with dogs. Let’s face it, the blog is called Learning from Dogs!

It also wouldn’t surprise me if many don’t drop in to the About this blog page and read:

The underlying theme of Learning from Dogs is about truth, integrity, honesty and trust in every way.  We use the life of dogs as a metaphor. The first Post was published on the 15th July 2009.

Here is our Vision and what we are trying to achieve.

Be part of this yourself in whatever way you would like.

All of which is my way of explaining why, more often than not, the daily post has nothing to do with our beautiful canines.  But I do hope if a post is not about dogs then it is about “truth, integrity, honesty and trust in every way.”

So with that off my chest, let me use the rest of this post to republish in full the final broadcast from Bill Moyers, the link to which was kindly sent to me by friend John Hurlburt. Thanks John.

The Bill Moyers programme is less than 30-minutes long. It is extraordinarily fine viewing, especially for the younger viewer. Do share it widely.


Full Show: The Children’s Climate Crusade

January 1, 2015

The very agencies created to protect our environment have been hijacked by the polluting industries they were meant to regulate. It may just turn out that the judicial system, our children and their children will save us from ourselves.

The new legal framework for this crusade against global warming is called atmospheric trust litigation. It takes the fate of the Earth into the courts, arguing that the planet’s atmosphere – its air, water, land, plants and animals — are the responsibility of government, held in its trust to insure the survival of all generations to come. It’s the strategy being used by Bill’s recent guest, Kelsey Juliana, a co-plaintiff in a major lawsuit spearheaded by Our Children’s Trust, that could force the state of Oregon to take a more aggressive stance against the carbon emissions.

It’s the brainchild of Mary Christina Wood, a legal scholar who wrote the book, Nature’s Trust, tracing this public trust doctrine all the way back to ancient Rome.

Wood tells Bill: “If this nation relies on a stable climate system, and the very habitability of this nation and all of the liberties of young people and their survival interests are at stake, the courts need to force the agencies and the legislatures to simply do their job.”

Producer: Robert Booth. Editor: Rob Kuhns.


So having explained why dogs often aren’t featured in posts, there’s only one way to close today.  That’s with a picture of young Ollie, our latest member of the family, taken last June.


11 thoughts on “Public trust and Oregon

  1. Paul I am 3 quarters way through listening to this video… And I agree with The Children’s Climate Crusade Rights .. And it shows just how much corruption is rife amid these agencies which are ignoring our rights. As they line each other’s pockets. Mary Christina Wood is forging a new way forward in trying to get Governments to take responsibility in ensuring an environment for the present and future generations…
    Many thanks for this post Paul….
    Have a great weekend..


    1. Sue, wonderful comment from you. Yes, we found the Bill Moyer’s interview very illuminating. I intend to offer some more posts on the work of Mary Christina Woods later on.

      You guys, too, have a wonderful weekend.


      1. Yes Paul.. I found her reasoning and her ‘argument’ for a better word, so right.. And its strange how our thoughts become united on the same kind of theme..

        I drafted a blog last evening using a poem about children as the theme.. as I had been listening to a wonderful recording of music with a lovely YouTube film.. portraying children.. The theme of the song.. ” We are the Light”…

        And they are our future and will be picking up the pieces we have left them…
        Many thanks Paul


  2. Sharing this now, I love Bill Moyers and learned about this by word of mouth, so I’m glad to see it here. I will see if I can do a ping back to this from mine and reblog it tomorrow or Monday. One planet, one people, one future.


      1. Plan to reblog it Monday, we cannot be a humane nation, while killing 90% of mammals on earth! PS. I’m on PST in California. I get to my desk at about 5 AM and then move on to exercise then back to writing. Perhaps we can do a real chat (phone). Do email me at my public writer’s address: I’m hatching some plans I would love to see if you want to be apart of for 2015 and beyond. Warmly, Deborah


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