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Kanuk v. Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Updated 3:20 p.m., Oct. 3: The court proceedings and live webcast have ended. The archived webcast is available below. A titled, television quality version will be available in one to two weeks.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, Gavel Alaska will live stream oral arguments in Kanuk v. Alaska Department of Natural Resources before the Alaska Supreme Court. The proceedings in Barrow are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. As part of the Supreme Court LIVE educational outreach program, the oral arguments will be followed by a question and answer session with Barrow High School students.

You can follow @GavelAlaska and #KanukVsAK on Twitter for updates, or watch and participate in live discussion in the widget below. Regular news coverage will follow at KTOO.org and on KTOO-FM (104.3 over the air in Juneau and live streaming on the web).

For classroom and case materials, visit the Supreme Court LIVE page.

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Many thanks to the North Slope Borough School District, the Alaska Court System and KBRW for making live coverage possible.

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Nelson Kanuk at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in December 2012. Now a college freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kanuk is studying criminal justice. (Photo by Ed Ronco/ KCAW)

Nelson Kanuk at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in December 2012. Now a college freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kanuk is studying criminal justice. (Photo by Ed Ronco/ KCAW)

Can a college freshman force state action on climate change?

Jeremy Hsieh – KTOO, Juneau

In Barrow at the top of the world, receding sea ice is reshaping life. University of Alaska Fairbanks freshman Nelson Kanuk thinks the state is obligated to combat atmospheric climate change. He argues the atmosphere is a public trust to be preserved for future generations, like clean water or navigable waterways.

Kanuk sued the state last year when he was a senior at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. The lower court dismissed the case, but on Thursday the Alaska Supreme Court is taking it up on appeal. As part of the educational outreach program Supreme Court LIVE, the courtroom will be Barrow High School’s auditorium. The case is Kanuk v. the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

Gavel Alaska is tentatively planning to provide a live webcast of the Supreme Court’s hearing beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Read the full story