Colleen Maney, Why We Need an Atmospheric Trust, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 8-9 ( Abstract: Many hailed the recent UN climate change conference in Paris as a success, with a historic agreement adopted to keep global temperature rises below 2ºC. But, how do we achieve this? Climate victories across the globe in the past year show that people grew tired of waiting on slow government action against climate change well before the meeting in Paris. In March 2015, a court in New Mexico ruled that the state has a duty to protect its natural resources and the atmosphere on behalf of the people of New Mexico. Shortly afterwards, in June, a Dutch court ordered the government to cut the country's emissions by at least 25 percent in the next five years. In November, an unlikely group of teenagers took on the Washington State Department of Ecology in an effort to enact a carbon emissions rule to protect future generations. They won. Each of these cases called upon the public trust doctrine, arguing community property rights over the atmospheric commons. According to this … Topics: Climate Change; Globalization; Governance; Sustainability