The lead attorney in a landmark lawsuit against the United States government will speak at Dickinson College this month.
Julia Olson, executive director of Our Children's Trust, will speak at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St., Carlisle. The lecture is open to the public and may also be viewed via livestream at www.dickinson.edu/Olson.
The lecture is titled "No Ordinary Lawsuit: Protecting our climate and democracy."
Olson is the lead attorney in a lawsuit in which 21 youth plaintiffs are suing the government for their right to a safe climate. The plaintiffs, who include a Dickinson student, maintain that the U.S. government is violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty and property through actions that cause climate change and through its failure to protect essential public trust resources.
Olson and other representatives of OCT, will be in residence at Dickinson College for the lecture, advocacy workshop and other activities. They are recipients of the 2018 Rose-Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism for its environmental advocacy work on behalf of young people.