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Climate Mock Trial


Climate Mock Trial

Climate Mock Trial: Valve Turner Leonard Higgins argues the Climate Necessity Defense

Saturday November 18th - three days before he is tried by the State of Montana - Leonard Higgins will stand for a Mock Trial at the University of Montana, Missoula. Denied by the state the opportunity to present the necessity defense, Leonard Higgins will present his climate change case to the Court of Public Opinion.

WHAT: A magnificent spectacle of Story: Leonard Higgins, retired state employee who closed the valve on Spectra’s Express Pipeline on a snowy morning in October 2016. Humor: behold the spectacle of a valve turner theater production. The deadly Seriousness of Climate Cataclysm: wildfires and melting glaciers in Montana, hurricanes and drought around the globe. And the Necessity: acting like there is an emergency and taking direct action is the only reasonable response in a world of denial.

WHO: The defense is prepared to call, for the defense of the planet, the following expert witnesses: University of Montana climate scientist Professor Steve Running, civil disobedience expert Tom H Hastings, and climate change and US security expert Andrew Holland. With presiding judge Bob Gentry, defense attorney Arnold Schroder, and Court Clerk Jeff Smith (350 Montana) and valve turners Michael Foster and Ken Ward. And YOU the Jury!

WHEN: Saturday, November 18th - 7pm Mountain Time (6pm PST)

WHERE: Live Online and at the University Center Theater at the University of Montana 32 Campus Dr, Missoula
Join us afterwards at the Finn & Porter restaurant @ the DoubleTree, walking distance from the University Center Theater, just across the river. We have a room reserved 9:30-12am!

Register today to join the live broadcast from the comfort of your own home.

Also check out other Arts Events in Missoula, Theatre Events in Missoula, Workshops in Missoula.

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