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No Ordinary Lawsuit: Protecting Our Climate and Democracy

No Ordinary Lawsuit: Protecting Our Climate and Democracy


The attorney representing a group of young people in a landmark constitutional lawsuit against the federal government over its response to climate change will deliver a lecture on her work during a residency at Dickinson. The talk by Our Children’s Trust (OCT) Executive Director Julia Olson, “No Ordinary Lawsuit: Protecting Our Climate and Democracy,” will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. It is free and open to the public.

Olson’s residency is part of The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize at Dickinson College for Global Environmental Activism, which was awarded to OCT in May 2018. The $100,000 prize is given annually to an individual or organization that makes a defining difference and advances responsible action on behalf of the planet, its resources, and people.

Olson is the founder and chief legal counsel of OCT, an organization leading a global climate recovery campaign, elevating the voice of youth—those with most at stake in the climate crisis—to favorably impact their futures through advocacy, public education, and civic engagement. She has more than 15 years’ experience representing grassroots conservation groups, with a particular interest in the intersection of human rights and environmental protection issues. In addition to her public lecture, Olson’s residency will include meetings with Dickinson’s many student environmental-leadership groups and faculty and participation in class discussions.


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No Ordinary Lawsuit: Protecting Our Climate and Democracy
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  • Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, Dickinson College
  • Free