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Law and Climate Change: Government's Atmospheric Trust Responsibility

September 2008

Citation: 38 ELR 10652

Issue: 9

Author: Mary Christina Wood

Editor's Summary: Mary Christina Wood delivered this presentation on February 19, 2008, as part of the University of Montana Wilderness Institute Lecture Series: Climate Change: Moving From Science to Solutions. She begins by describing the urgency of climate change and government's failure to address the problem. She then explains a legal principle that she hopes can catalyze the kind of paradigm shift needed to confront the crisis. Finally, she concludes with a call to citizenship that she hopes her audience will deliver to families, workplaces, churches, and schools.

Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law.

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