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Our Future is a Constitutional Right! How to Use Our Rights to Defend What We Love

Approximately four 50-minute classes: interactive activities supported by power point slides.

Lesson 6 explores a game-changing action in real time – how to use our rights to defend against government abuses of power and to establish new rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate system. Students consider why people seek judicial relieve and examine basic elements of a civil lawsuit, drawing on real examples from the youth-driven landmark climate cases in federal and state courts. Students explore: “standing” in a court of law; how protected classes and new rights are recognized; rights under the Public Trust Doctrine; and more. Students gain an understanding of how values, law, science, and politics interface when addressing complex public problems with multiple perspectives.

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