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CANCELED – Youth v. Gov: Taking Climate Justice to the Courts!

March 12, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Youth v Gov


In 2015, 21 young people filed a historic constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court of Oregon. Their complaint asserts that the government violated the youths’ rights by encouraging and allowing activities that significantly harmed their right to life and liberty, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources. Numerous organizations have filed amicus briefs in support of this litigation, which is ongoing.

This event will feature a lawyer, youth plaintiff, and filmmaker involved in the Juliana v. U.S. case.


Philip L. Gregory works as an attorney through the Gregory Law Group, based in Redwood City, CA. Phil’s practice emphasizes complex business and environmental litigation, including antitrust, financial fraud, employment, securities, and intellectual property matters. Among his pro bono cases is an action by 21 youth against agencies of the federal government to address human-made climate change caused by the fossil fuel-based energy system.

Vic Barrett is among the plaintiffs who are actively suing the government to act on climate change. Barrett witnessed the reality of climate change firsthand, as he was among the many impacted by the climate change fueled superstorm, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which left his family and school without power. Barrett understands that it is his generation that will be impacted by the policies and decisions of older generations refusing to combat climate change, and make meaningful changes towards a sustainable environment.

Christi Cooper is an Emmy-award winning cinematographer who grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She obtained an M.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Regensburg, Germany. She later made the decision to pursue her dream of an MFA in Science and Nature Filmmaking at Montana State University. She is currently completing a documentary film on the Juliana v. United States climate justice lawsuit.

Free and open to the public. Made possible by support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


March 12, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Benson Auditorium
1050 N. Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711 United States