In this week's Newsletter: Young people's climate lawsuit moves forward, energy saving strategies most people overlook, BQGreen project could transform the BQE into a park and much more!
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Climate Change Lawsuit Juliana vs. US Will Go to Trial Early Next Year


Last year, a group of 21 students made the news when they brought a lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that climate inaction unlawfully prioritizes the well-being of current citizens over that of future generations. If the suit is ultimately successful, it could force the US government to enact and enforce policies to lower carbon emissions.

The case, known as Juliana vs. United States, has helped open a new front in the battle against climate change in the United States and around the world. It’s the culmination of years of legal strategizing by Our Children’s Trust, the advocacy group that helped organize the effort. Our Children’s Trust has brought related suits in all 50 states, as part of a buckshot strategy to get one of them to break through. The lawsuit will go to trial in federal court early next year. 

The buzz about Juliana comes amid a flurry of legal challenges to the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle environmental rules. Just this week, a series of lawsuits were filed in California as a direct challenge to the oil industry on climate change grounds, using a legal theory similar to the landmark tobacco industry lawsuits of the 1990s. The administration’s quest to roll back or reverse pending Obama-era EPA regulations is also getting blocked in the courts.

When it comes to climate change, “so far, the Trump administration is losing more frequently than it’s winning,” says Michael Burger, executive director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University..

You can read the whole story on Grist.org here.

7 Energy Saving Strategies Most Americans Overlook

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American's monthly residential electric bill is $114.03. That's almost $1,400 a year. Consumers could easily reduce that expense—and their carbon footprint—with a few simple energy-saving hacks, but according to a recent survey conducted by SaveOnEnergy, the vast majority of Americans are doing no such thing.

One of the hardest things for humans is change, especially changing our regiualr habits and behaviors that are so routine we never even think much about them. when it comes to energy, disrupting those patterns can add up to savings of hundreds of dollars a year.

Here are seven of the easiest ways to save on your electricity and water bills. Some you're likely already doing, but it's just as likely that you're not doing all of them:

1. Fix the cracks in your windows and doors to stop warmed air from escaping in the winter and cooled air from escaping in the summer.
2. Switch to energy efficient light bulbs; LEDs last the longest and have the most options in terms of light color and tone.
3. Unplug your printer when it's not in use, it's one of the greediest energy vampires in your whole house.
4. Lower the temperature on your water heater from 140 degrees to 120. You won't notice the difference. If you can't control the thermostat on your water heater, ask your landlord to do it for you.
5. Wash in cold water. Hot water doesn't make your clothes any cleaner and costs you money.
6. If your faucet leaks, fix it. You're wasting about 170 gallons a year if your faucet drips a mere 5 drops per minute...literally throwing money down the drain, 
7. Shut down your computer instead of leaving it idle or putting it to sleep. 

So even if saving the world is not at the top of your to-do list, keeping a little more of your hard-earned cash in your pocket probably is. You can read all the details about this, and check out a very nice infographic on the subject, on Alternet.org here.

BQ Green Project Would Create a New Park and Cleaner Air in Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn is well-known these days for lots of things: Hipsters, nightlife, shopping and dining might be some of the first to spring to mind. But with 1-278, better known as the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, slicing through residential neighborhoods on the south side, air quality is poorer than average, and asthma rates are higher.

Williamsburg is also below average in green space, which is why residents and stakeholders gathered Wednesday to show their support for BQ Green, a proposal to cover 3.5 acres of the highway with a new public park. 

The idea may be gaining traction, with clean air activists, local Councilmember Antonio Reynoso and Public Advocate Letitia James urging Albany to support the project.

You can learn more about this story from News 12 Brooklyn here.
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