Talk on Youth Climate Courts

February 22, 2020 - 12:30 PM
Waldport Community Center
265 NW Hemlock St
Waldport, OR
Central Coast Canterbury Forum

Youth climate rally.\Photo courtesy of Save Our Shores.

The Central Coast Canterbury Forum will kick off its Winter-Spring Series with a talk on “Youth Climate Courts, Human Rights and the Courage to Be.”  The speaker will be Dr. Tom Kerns. The event takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., at the Waldport Community Center (264 Hemlock St.)

Dr. Kerns will offer an overview of human rights, their implications for the climate crisis, and some new tools — such as Youth Climate Courts, with a youth judge, youth prosecutor and youth jury — that become available to regular people when human rights standards are foregrounded.  He will conclude with brief reflections on “How shall we then live?” and open the floor for discussion.

Tom Kerns is the Director of Environment and Human Rights Advisory, philosophy professor emeritus at Seattle Community College, and author of Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights. He helped shepherd into being the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights Fracking and Climate Change and is a member of the Drafting Group for the Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change.