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Posted by Karly Placek at 4:48PM
Kelly Matheson presents the TRUST Campaign on combating climate change

Blog posting by Karly Placek, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Social Media Manager, Monroe, Wisconsin 

I'm over in Williams 202 live blogging with Kelly Matheson, Program Manager for the Americas for Witness. She's about to discuss the TRUST  Campaign regarding climate change awareness.There's still time to join if you aren't here already. If you can't make it, here are some highlights! 

4:05 p.m. - Matheson discusses the main issues we, as inhabitants of Earth, face due to climate change. 

4:07 p.m. - UN predicts that by 2050, one in seven people will have to be relocated due to food and water shortages. 

4:15 p.m. - Matheson discusses the rights inherent to future generations - the concept of  "intergenerational justice." 

4:19 p.m. -  "We have a basic human right to a stable environment." 

4:21 p.m. -  Young environmentalists are urging the local and national government to adapt a Comprehensive Climate Recovery plan to protect the atmosphere - but it must be based on carbon science instead of carbon politics

4:25 p.m. -  One of the TRUST campaign videos is screened. It features Nelson Kanuk, an Alaskan teen suing the government for neglecting his basic human rights regarding environmental health. He and his family live a sustainable lifestyle and depend directly upon the environment for their food and resources. 

4:35 p.m. - There are two audiences for action campaign videos. One is the broad audience, who raise awareness on issues. The other audience is among the decision makers in governmental power - those who can make legal change. 

4:40 p.m. - "We try to go from close up shots to wide shots." This is about the individual as well as the world. 

4:45 p.m. - We watch another TRUST Campaign video. This time, Massachusetts teen Eshe Sherley is featured. She urges the  government to think about incorporating local and healthy food initiatives into public school systems. 

4:55 p.m. - The Public Trust Doctrine is everywhere - it is applicable in every sovereign state, whereas legislation such as the Clean Air Act is only recognized in certain areas. 

5:01 p.m. - Discussion of the NEPA Act - The government must know the social, environmental, and cultural consequences of acts regarding the environment. 

5:05 p.m. -  "A true listener listens with the willingness to help." - Eshe Sherley. Matheson remarks that this is one of the most important things she has learned. 

Much thanks to Kelly Matheson for an excellent presentation! I'm eager to learn more about environmental policies and what I can do to help. Check out Witness's TRUST Campaign for more information on how you can get involved. 



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