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Legal Updates

OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST helped Connecticut youth and partners take important action toward achieving scientifically adequate emission reductions in Connecticut. Youth working with OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST filed a rulemaking petition with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, seeking the establishment of a science-based Climate Recovery Plan for Connecticut. The rulemaking petition was part of a strategically coordinated national effort in which youth filed official actions in every state in May, 2011.

This rulemaking petition filed on behalf of Connecticut youth raised awareness in Connecticut about the scientific remedies necessary to address climate change and educated Connecticut officials about their duty to protect the atmosphere. But, as expected, the rulemaking petition was denied by state officials. See below. However, that state denial now plays an important role in supporting the need for the federal protections that youth supported by OUR CHILDREN’S TRUST are now seeking in federal court. Learn more about the youth-driven federal case here.

The rulemaking petition filed on behalf of Connecticut youth, and other rulemaking petitions filed by youth around the country, are critical components of the comprehensive national strategy we are engaged in to establish science-based Climate Recovery Plans before it is too late. And, as part of that comprehensive national strategy, we are shaping our next steps in Connecticut. If you live in Connecticut and would like to get involved, please contact us.

June 3rd, 2011:

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection denied the petition for rule making.

May 4, 2011:

Petition for rule making was filed against the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.

Climate Change Impacts in Connecticut

The following is taken from the petition filed against the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Click the points below for additional information on each.

Since 1970, annual average temperatures in the Northeast region of the United States have increased by 2 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the summer, and twice as much in the winter. Temperatures are expected to experience continued warming, with projected additional increases of approximately 3 degrees in the spring and 4 degrees in the summer, fall and winter by the middle of the current century. By the end of the current century, without significant world-wide decreases in carbon emissions, it is projected that summer temperatures in the northeastern U.S. could rise as much as 6-14 degrees above historic averages, and as much as 8-12 degrees in the winter (US GCRP). In Storrs, Connecticut, average annual temperature in the last century has increased from 45.8 degrees to 48.2 degrees, and in the same length of time, precipitation has increased by 20%. This location is expected to see further increases in temperature and precipitation consistent with the rest of the Northeast region.

An increase in frequency of summer temperatures exceeding “extreme heat” conditions of over 100 degrees is expected as a result of continued climate change. By the end of the current century, it is estimated that locations in the southern area of the northeastern U.S., such as Hartford, will receive as many as 30 days per year exceeding 100 degrees (US EPA).

The impact of climate change on Connecticut plants and wildlife

Increased risk to Human Health related to climate change

The economic impacts of climate change in Connecticut

For more information on climate change in Connecticut:

Connecticut Petition OL.pdf1.22 MB