The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Palestine as a Case Study

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, who teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities in Palestine, will give a talk entitled, “The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Threats and Opportunities in Palestine as Case Study.”  Qumsiyeh is a Palestinian Christian, a biologist, and a human rights activist. The Downeast BDS Coalition, Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Maine, and Americans Who Tell the Truth are co-sponsoring his visit to Maine.

Kelsey Juliana: Will Children Save the Environment?

Kelsey Juliana and 20 other youths ranging in age from 10 to 22 filed Juliana vs. U.S.—also known as Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit—in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Their complaint asserts that because our government’s deliberative actions and inactions have caused excessive CO2 levels, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutiononal rights to life, liberty, and property. The government has failed to protect essential public trust resources.

Panel: Our Children's Trust Ecological Lawsuit

Has the US government violated our Constitutional rights to “life, liberty and property” by allowing CO2 omissions to reach unprecedented, dangerous levels? Has the government violated its obligation to hold certain natural resources in trust for the people and for future generations? These are large questions raised by the youth plaintiffs in the unusual case of Juliana vs. US., currently pending in the Federal District Court in Eugene, Oregon. The merits, significance and implications of the case will be discussed by a local legal/scientific panel: Prof. Ken Cline, J.D.