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This post was written by Julia Runcie, 2011 Project Specialist.
The Public Trust Doctrine, a principle of law that requires the government to protect and maintain certain resources for public use, was invoked back in the 1980s during the legal battle to save Mono Lake. Now, a group called Our Children’s Trust is claiming that the earth’s atmosphere constitutes a public trust resource, and has sued the federal government for failing to protect it. Read more here.