Upcoming Events and Comment Opportunities
ELC MODERATES UN DEBATE: On Earth Day, ELC moderated the Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature before the UN General Assembly. The webcast of ELC's introductory remarks as moderator is now available. Read the Secretary General's statement and listen to UN Radio summarizing the event here. For more information, including statements and presentations, visit the Dialogue webpage. ELC is now working with the UN to finalize the report and recommendations from the Dialogue; the final report should be out in advance of the upcoming UN Climate Change Summit in September, at which ELC and partners will advance a rights of nature approach to climate change.
ATTEND: July 29, 11:30 am, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA: Rally against the environmentally devastating project to tunnel water from California rivers, and speak for the rights of waterways to flow. See below for more information on the comment period, which ends July 29th.
REGISTER: Aug. 6-10, 2014, Dominican University, CA: "Teaching and Researching Big History: Big Picture, Big Questions." ELC will be presenting on Earth Law at this conference, which re-envisions education and thought in the context of our larger history. For program and registration information; click here.
SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 5, Oakland, CA: ELC and partners in the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance will hold an Ethics Tribunal examining the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on environmental and human rights. More soon!
REGISTER: Oct. 6-9, San Francisco: "The Economics of Sustainability," held by the Praxis Peace Institute. For early bird registration by July 15, click here.
REVIEW: Earth Law Center once again instructed a two-credit law class on Earth Law" at the renowned Vermont Law School Summer Session, from July 7-18. Browse the syllabus to learn more about how law and master's students are examining the role of law in advancing nature's rights.
LEARN ABOUT: Before an audience of 400, the world’s first Ethics Tribunal on the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth held its inaugural session on Friday, January 17 in Quito, Ecuador, at the close of the January 2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit. The Tribunal will be a permanent platform for hearing and judging cases from around the world. Learn more about the Tribunal and view videos of the cases presented before the Tribunal. Stay tuned for more information on follow-up actions on these and other Tribunal reviews of rights violations. Also watch a video of ELC presenting at this conference of rights of nature advocates from around the world.
WATCH: The new video illustrating the origins of the rights of nature movement! Available in both English and Spanish.
WATCH: Two new videos on escalating Ecocide worldwide and on what you can do to help End Ecocide.
READ: In December, Cambridge University Press released Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law, including ELC's chapter on "Realizing Nature's Rule of Law through Rights of Waterways." Learn more here.
READ: Wild Law in Practice, edited by Michelle Maloney and Peter Burdon and featuring a chapter by Earth Law Center, "'Water as the Way’: Achieving Well Being through ‘Right Relationship’ with Water." Read the Introduction to learn more about this important work, which is available now!
VISIT ELC's online, interactive Map of Human and Environmental Rights Violations worldwide. Please send in information on other examples to share.
FEB. 14-16, 2014: ELC was a keynote speaker in New Zealand at the New Thinking on Sustainability Conference at Victoria Univ. of Wellington School of Law, speaking on the role of Sustainability Rights Ordinances such as in Santa Monica to advance well-being. Click here to review the extensive program.
TAKE ACTION: Comment deadline extended until July 29: Weigh in against the destructive California Administration proposal to construct giant tunnels that drain water for ecosystems and fish! Read the press release by project opponents and Email Governor Brown to oppose the proposed tunnels and support locally sustainable water solutions that respect waterways' rights to be healthy. Read the documents open for comment.
WATCH ELC's Executive Director Linda Sheehan speak before 700 attendees at TEDxMarin's annual event in San Rafael, California in the TEDx video, "Earth Jujitsu: Escaping the Climate Chokehold by Adapting to Nature's Rights."
WATCH the video of ELC presenting at the October World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain on Nature's Rights (starts at 22:00). Read the adopted WILD10 Nature's Rights Resolution by ELC and colleagues, and learn more about the next steps in bringing rights of nature to ecosystem and wildlife protection worldwide.
ONGOING: Sign a petition to make Ecocide a crime in Europe. The European Citizens' Initiative “End Ecocide in Europe” aims to make severe environmental destruction a crime. Details are given in a draft directive, and in this brief YouTube video. For the intellectual grounding of the End-Ecocide movement, see this report from the Human Rights Consortium at the University of London.
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Video: POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Water Sustainability Project, Webinar: Giving Nature a Voice: Legal Rights of Waterways - Linda Sheehan on rights of waterways and Vernon Tava on Whanganui River agreement.