OUR CHILDREN'S TRUST is an Oregon-based nonprofit organization. Our purpose is to protect earth’s natural systems for current and future generations. We are here to empower and support youth as they stand up for their lawful inheritance: a healthy planet. We are mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers. We are adults, part of the ruling generation, and we care about the future of our children--and their children's children.
We stand on the brink of human-induced climate catastrophe. We will one day have to answer to our children and grandchildren for the choices we make at this pivotal moment. Will they ask us, “Why did you stand by and do nothing as the ice melted, as the wildfires burned?” Or will they thank us for safeguarding their planetary inheritance?
President Obama has acknowledged the danger posed by global warming (as did his predecessor, George W. Bush), but he has failed to show leadership on the issue. Congress is deadlocked, and the agencies tasked with protecting the environment have been co-opted by the very industries they are meant to regulate. Unless swift, coordinated action is taken to reduce atmospheric CO2 levels, it will be too late to stop runaway climate change.