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Panel to highlight lawsuit against U.S. government filed on behalf of Northwest youth.

Older cynics might be writing off fears of a changing climate, especially with a president in office dedicated to reversing progress against global warming and pretending it's a myth.

But what about our children, condemned to bear more of the burden from our poor stewardship of the planet?

The Let's Talk Climate series hosts a free public forum on that subject on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

The forum, titled "Vulnerable Populations: Climate Change Impacts on Children and Young People," takes place at TaborSpace Commons, 5441 S.E. Belmont St. in Portland.

The panel will highlight the Julianna v. U.S. case, a lawsuit brought on behalf of young people from Oregon and elsewhere to prod the government to take action against climate change.

Panelists will discuss issues facing youth who will grow up under the specter of a warming planet, and bear the greatest physical, emotional and social impacts in an uncertain climate future.

State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, will moderate. Panelists will include.

• Dr. Nicki Nabavizadeh, pediatric resident, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, OHSU

• Gordon Levitt, climate law fellow, Our Children's Trust

• Anna Tadio, Lewis and Clark Law School student

• LeeAnne Fergason, Safe Routes to Schools advocate, The Street Trust

• Tucker Holstun, Lincoln High School climate education student

Panelists will focus on legal and policy initiatives that support a low-carbon future for young people.

The Let's Talk Climate series is put on by neighborhood activists from Southeast Portland.

Attendees are asked to sign up at >climatechange-children.eventbrite.com. For more information: www.letstalkclimatepdx.org or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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