NEW YORK, February 8th 2018 /PRNewswire/ – The Noya Fields Family group of charitable funds (www.noyafieldsfamily.org) has renewed its commitment to Our Children’s Trust with its first grant of 2018. The grant is made for general purposes in support of Our Children’s Trust’s global climate recovery campaign, elevating the voice of youth, to favorably impact their futures through advocacy, public education and civic engagement. Last year, the Noya Fields Family made two grants to Our Children’s Trust, one for general support and a second to support campaign related research.
Among other efforts, Our Children’s Trust supports the 21 young people who have brought a landmark federal lawsuit, Juliana v. United States, against the U.S. President and multiple federal agencies. The suit aims to compel the government to develop and carry out a science-based climate recovery plan to reduce fossil-fuel emissions and draw down carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to levels below 350 parts per million by the year 2100. The youth argue that the federal government’s affirmative actions, supporting fossil fuel development and consumption, violate the plaintiffs’ constitutional and public trust rights. The youth have successfully overcome several attempts by the Trump administration’s multiple efforts to thwart their youth case. The group is now awaiting a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, on whether the case will proceed to trial. Our Children’s Trust is optimistic that the case will be tried later in 2018.
“It has been amazing to follow the progress that the case has made this past year. Watching the perseverance and dedication that the youth plaintiffs have shown has been inspiring and should give us all hope that the next generation is ready to take up the challenges that lay ahead” Said Noya Fields Family Fund co-founder Ken Fields, “2017 was a tumultuous year as we all had to come to grips with an administration that is actively dismantling environmental protections, willfully ignoring scientific consensus on climate change and doing its best cozying up to fossil fuel interests. But these young people, and the efforts of Our Children’s Trust give us tremendous hope!”