Jan
7
to Jan 2

Australia Earth Laws Alliance Events

ELC partner Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) has many events in 2017 based in Australia. We will update dates as they come available.

  • Creating Rights of Nature Laws in Australia – a series of workshops for lawyers, academics and interested members of the community.  This workshop series will be the first hosted by AELA’s new ‘Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature’, and will be held in cities and towns around Australia during 2017.  More information will be available in early 2017.
  • New Economy Conference and the launch of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) – Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September 2017, Brisbane.  Details will be available soon.  To join our New Economy mailing list, please email: neweconomy@earthlaws.org.au
  • Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature Australia – the next full hearing of the Tribunal will be held in Adelaide in either August or October 2017.  The program and cases are currently under development and more information will be available soon.
  • Inspiring Earth Ethics: Connecting Values and Action”, National Conference23rd and 24th November, 2017, Brisbane.  This conference will bring together people working in the fields of ethics, indigenous knowledge systems, environmental education/science, eco-psychology, deep ecology, the arts and other fields, to explore practical ways to build Earth centred ethics in modern societies. Everyone is welcome to attend. AELA is working with our ‘Exploring Ecospirituality‘ Partners, the Griffith Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue Centre, Earthlink and WiseEarth Education to host the conference. More information will be available on AELA’s website in January 2017.

To learn more visit AELA.

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Jul
12
11:00am11:00am

Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live

Join Movement Rights' Director, Shannon Biggs, and Women's Earth and Climate Action Network Director, Osprey Orielle Lake for this free training on "Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We live," during which we will explore the paradigm-shifting work of Rights of Nature, and explain how this transformative legal framework is already being used around the world to challenge legal systems based on dominion over and exploitation of the Earth, and instead usher in a legal, social, political and economic framework based upon the inherent rights and natural laws of the Earth’s living systems.

We will delve into examples of how U.S. and international communities are successfully enacting local Rights of Nature legislation as a tool to protect ecosystems, their communities and just climate solutions. Presenters will also share stories of the growing global movement for the Rights of Nature and the dynamic Rights of Nature Tribunals that have been held in countries worldwide.

SPEAKERS include: Shannon Biggs (Movement Rights); Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN International)

WHEN: July 12th 11:00 am PT/ 2:00 pm ET for 120 minutes

WHERE: online webinar via zoom.

For more visit the Facebook Event page and WECAN.

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Apr
21
to Apr 22

Earth Rights Conference in Sweden

What: This conference will be a space for dialogue and co-creation about the idea that nature, not just humans, have rights. In a time of accelerating socio-ecological challenges, Earth rights is the focus of interest at different scales, from local communities to UN bodies. It is an ancient idea, present in indigenous cultures all around the world. Can Earth rights be the foundation of a new culture of respect and harmony between people and planet?

When: April 21st and 22nd

Where: Sigtunastiftelsen
            Manfred Björkquists allé 4
            193 31 Sigtuna
            Sweden

Visit the website to register and learn more: www.earthrightsconference.org

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Mar
29
5:30pm 5:30pm

What's Now San Francisco

What's Now San Francisco: The World’s First Comprehensive Plan to Reverse Global Warming

What: We can stop global warming in the next 30 years. Project Drawdown has identified the 100 best solutions that taken together could realistically keep us from catastrophe, and, at the same time, create the world we all want to live in.

When: Wed, March 29, 2017; 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Applied Innovation Exchange; 425 Brannan Street San Francisco, CA 94107

For more information on the event and to register, visit here.

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Mar
29
to Mar 30

Nature's Rights Conference at European Parliament

Nature's Rights Conference at European Parliament & Expert Meeting

Where: Brussels, Belgium

When: March 29th and 30th 2017

What: Nature's Rights is preparing to launch a European Citizens Initiative to propose Rights of Nature to the EU's legislative agenda (see the Draft Directive). 

Visit the event page to register; visit Nature's Rights website for more information.

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Jan
9
7:30pm 7:30pm

Earth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Futureth in Human Hands: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Future

Benjamin Dean Astronomy Lectures presents
EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS: A Cosmic View of our Planet’s Past, Present and Future
BY Astrobiologist and author DAVID GRINSPOON

What are we doing here on this planet? Can a deep-time and deep-space viewpoint help us gain the perspective to create a sustainable civilization? Informed by comparative planetology and a survey of the major transitions in Earth history, David Grinspoon will describe a taxonomy of planetary catastrophes meant to illuminate the unusual nature of the “Anthropocene,” our current time of human-driven planetary changes, and reframe our environmental predicaments as part of a larger narrative of planetary evolution. This saga has now reached the pivotal moment when humans have become a major agent of global change, and geological and human history are becoming irreversibly conjoined. Is this a likely or even inevitable challenge facing other complex life in the universe? Possible implications for SETI (the search for extraterrestrial intelligence) will be considered, as well as the choices our civilization faces in seeking to foster a wisely managed Earth.

7 PM Lecture in the Planetarium Dome, followed by Q&A and a Book Signing

https://www.calacademy.org/events/benjamin-dean-astronomy-lectures/earth-in-human-hands-a-cosmic-view-of-our-planet’s-past

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Dec
12
to Dec 16

Rights of Nature for Peace and Sustainable Development

United Nations International Annual Conference on the Rights of Nature will be held in Geneva, December 12-16, 2016.

Several public or associative organizations, and citizens, that are active in the domain of Rights of Nature, federated or organized, at the international level. The main national actors, the federations, and the specific operators, organized presently at the international level, and are called to meet annually at the end of the civil year, at the International Annual Conference on Rights of Nature, at United Nations, in Geneva.

This annual space of sharing results and pooling of skills, allow to the actors of the domain to exchange practices, solutions, ideas, needs.

 Subjects that are in the agenda of December 2016 are:

Earth-centered Law
Ecological Economics
Education for a natural behaviour of respect of Nature
Holistic Science and Researches
Humanities for Rights of Nature
Philosophy and Ethics
The Arts, the Media, Design and Architecture

For more information on the event, and to submit an abstract for presentation and register for the event, visit: http://www.osi-genevaforum.org/Rights-of-Nature-for-Peace-and-Development.html

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Dec
7
to Dec 8

Standing for Environmental Justice with Pennie Opal Plant and Lynne Twist

December 7, 5:30PM PST | 75-Minute Conference Call

This conference call will feature Pachamama Alliance Co-founder Lynne Twist and Pennie Opal Plant, an activist for 36 years on environmental and indigenous rights. Pennie is of Yaqui, Mexican, Choctaw, Cherokee, and European ancestry and is deeply involved in promoting the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. Pennie will discuss the importance of the rights of Mother Earth, the revolutionary legislation the Maori people are putting forward, what's happening in North Dakota at the Standing Rock Reservation, and how to stand with indigenous people throughout the world.

For more information visit the Pachamama Alliance.

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Dec
5
to Dec 9

Wild Law: the theory & practice of Earth jurisprudence

Australia's first university level Earth laws course will be run this summer, from Monday 5th to Friday 9th December 2016, at Griffith Law School.

Earth Jurisprudence is an emerging field of legal philosophy that critiques law and governance from an Earth centred perspective and proposes new approaches to law, economics and governance.

This course introduces students to selected ecological, social, ethical and legal issues that must be addressed by industrial societies if we are to respond to life threatening climate change and ecological destruction. It will examine existing and emerging Earth centred legal regimes in Ecuador, Bolivia, the USA and New Zealand, and enable students to analyse the potential of implementing Earth centred law in Australia. It will consider the implications of Earth Jurisprudence for Australian domestic law, including: property law, the doctrine of standing, constitutional law and ‘traditional’ environmental and planning law. It also introduces students to alternative legal frameworks being proposed and implemented by wild law advocates, including the Rights of Nature, Ecocide, Earth democracy and rights-based approaches to local environmental law making.

Visit the event page to learn more about the course: https://www.facebook.com/events/267285973670298/.

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Dec
1
7:30pm 7:30pm

Belo Monte: After the Flood

Join International Rivers, Amazon Watch and Cultures of Resistance for the premier screening of "Belo Monte: After the Flood."

"Belo Monte: After the Flood" is a new film directed by award-winning environmental documentarian Todd Southgate, and produced with International Rivers, Amazon Watch and Cultures of Resistance. The film explores the history and consequences of one of the world's most controversial dam projects, built on the Xingu River in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon. Todd has documented the conflicts surrounding the Belo Monte Hydroelectric project over the course of seven years. Through interviews with indigenous leaders, activists and local residents, the documentary illustrates how this multi-billion dollar mega-project has left a disastrous legacy of broken promises and socio-environmental damage, and shattered livelihoods among local communities of the Xingu.

For more information on the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belo-monte-after-the-flood-tickets-29270441679?aff=es2

For more information on the documentary: https://www.internationalrivers.org/resources/belo-monte-after-the-flood-a-new-film-about-dams-in-the-amazon-11580

Date and Time

Thu, December 1, 2016

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM PST

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Location

La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94705

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Dec
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

Careers in Sustainability

Careers in Sustainability
A career panel and networking event

Are you interested in finding an engaging and meaningful career? Join others December 1st to learn about pathways into the broad fields of sustainability, environment and infrastructure ! These careers encompass a wide range of public and private sectors and non-government organizations working together to support a healthy environment, society, and economy. There are meaningful jobs available for people at all skills levels and backgrounds throughout the Bay area and nationwide. As they say - "all jobs at SFPUC are environmental jobs".

Thursday, December 1st 2016
San Francisco Public Library, 4-6 PM
Career Panel and Networking with employers
Light snacks and refreshments provided

What is it?

This event features a panel of climate and environmental professionals followed by networking with potential employers. You will hear perspectives on sustainability initiatives and careers from various sectors including educational institutions, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry. After the panel, take some time to connect with peers and meet employers offering internships and other opportunities to break into a career in sustainability.

Who should attend?

The panel will be particularly useful to college students and emerging professionals interested in starting a career in the quickly growing field of sustainability. All skills are needed, though some helpful backgrounds include:

Environmental Studies
Environmental Science
Engineering and Field work
Marketing/Sales and Public Relations
Mechanical Aptitude
Business
Finance

For more information visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/careers-in-sustainability-tickets-28379852904?aff=es2

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Nov
17
to Nov 18

Water for Seven Generations: Will California Squander or Protect It?

AquAlliance's prestigious conference that will be held on Thursday, November 17th and Friday, November 18th, 2016 at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico.

The conference is tailored to reach policy makers, activists, academics, and agencies by providing valuable historical, scientific, legal, political, and visionary information regarding current and planned threats to the Sacramento River’s watershed and the Delta's ecosystems, aquatic and terrestrial species, economies, and communities. It will also provide specific scenarios in which these vital waters can be sustained into the future.

In California’s short, 160-year history, it developed massive water supplies that propelled its economy into the global top ten, but with devastating environmental consequences. Water for Seven Generations will provide professionals and novices with a valuable opportunity to consider what brought the state to such a precarious and unsustainable position and what credible and economically viable possibilities exist that could move our collective thinking and behavior toward a Seven Generations reality.

November 17th will cover surface water and includes panels or sections that will cover Science, Flow & Fish, Climate, Drought, and Storage, Exports & Tunnels. A no host bar/reception and poster session will take place after the speakers conclude.
November 18th will cover groundwater and includes panels or sections that will cover Science, Owens Valley, Water Transfers, Law, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.


The almost complete program is found at: http://www.aqualliance.net/water-conference-2016/program-2016/


Registration/check-in starts at 8 a.m. each day with the conference beginning at 9 a.m. More information is found at: http://www.aqualliance.net/water-conference-2016/.
 

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Oct
28
to Nov 6

Women Act For Climate Justice: Ten Days Of Global Mobilization

"Women, girls and allies from around the world are taking action for climate justice and real solutions thisOctober 28 - November 6, 2016 as part of 'Women Act for Climate Justice: Ten Days of Global Mobilization' - and you are invited to participate!

Please jointhe Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, the Women's Global Call for Climate Justice and our incredible allies and partners as we unite to raise our voices and take actionto show our resistance to environmental and social degradation; highlight the climate impacts our communities are facing; demand drastic change away from our unjust economic and development systems; and demonstrate the many effective, just and safe climate solutions, strategies and political calls that are being implemented by women and girls around the world on a daily basis.

This is a decentralized action campaign that everyone can participate in locally by submitting a photo and statement individually  or as a group. Many allies are also choosing to organize a local march, direct action, event or other creative project.

We are taking action at this time to show our diversity and collective strength in advance of and far beyond the November 2016 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - COP22 Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, where we must work together to ensure a sustained civil society presence and pressure to demand that all government road maps ahead originate in a climate justice framework - and with respect to human, Indigenous and women's rights, and gender, social, economic and ecological justice.

Women have always stood on the frontline of climate impacts, we must act to ensure that their voices and solutions are brought to the forefront of all decision making and actions to address the climate crisis."

Click here for a full background and ideas for participation in the

  Ten Days of Global Mobilization

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Oct
22
8:30am 8:30am

AELA Rights of Nature Tribunal

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance is convening a one day Rights of Nature (RON) Tribunal in Brisbane on Saturday 22nd October 2016.  The Tribunal is being held at Banco Court, QEII Courts of Law Complex, 415 George Street, Brisbane.

Attendance is open to the public and you can book your place by clicking here.

This citizen’s tribunal will hear cases presented by citizens and Earth lawyers concerned about the destruction of ecosystems and the wider Earth community in Australia. To learn more about the Tribunal and cases to be heard visit: http://www.earthlaws.org.au/events/tribunal2016/.

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Oct
16
11:00am11:00am

Yasuni Man- Mill Valley Film Festiva

Life hangs in the balance for the Waorani, hunter-gatherers in the remote Yasuni region of the Ecuadorian Amazon. They’ve successfully fended off waves of missionaries, loggers, oil companies, and politicians—those who would destroy the people and the land out of greed. But how much longer can they do so? Before it’s too late, biologist/filmmaker Ryan Patrick Killackey teams up with a Waorani family to document the traditional way of life amid the region’s incredible biodiversity. Along the way they uncover the devastation already wrought by logging and oil development on the indigenous people and their entire ecosystem. Yasuni Man offers clear witness and an urgent plea for immediate action on behalf of the Waorani’s right to exist and protect their world. This quickening destruction in the Yasuni is a microcosm of the impact of our fossil fuel addiction in this time of dire beauty.

Buy tickets here.

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Oct
14
8:30am 8:30am

Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference

The public is invited to learn about the Rights of Nature movement, environmental awareness and advocacy, ecology, conservation, and indigenous wisdom of the natural world at the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference, Friday, Oct. 14, in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center.

“The conference will engage participants in holistic thinking by presenting varied perspectives about understanding earth systems, including a qualitative side of knowledge that is often overlooked,” said Michael Alfieri, Viterbo biology department chair and conference co-organizer. “Speakers will share their work and viewpoints, while leading discussions about establishing and maintaining a deep relationship with our fresh water, forests, land, plants and animals, and ourselves.”

For more details and to register, visit: http://www.viterbo.edu/school-natural-sciences-and-mathematics/tek-conference

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Oct
14
to Oct 16

Monsanto Tribunal and People's Assembly

"We are happy to inform you that Navdanya – along with multiple civil society organizations – is co-organizing a People ’s Assembly for the future of food and the future of our planet at the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague from 14th to 16th October 2016.

The Monsanto Tribunal will hold Monsanto and Co. accountable for their crimes against humanity, human rights violations and ecocide, regardless of what name and form they morph into.

In the last century big agribusiness of today with roots in war have poisoned millions of people, destroyed biodiversity, pushed small farmers off their land, and attempted to take over every aspect of our life. The potential of this harm increases as these corporations become fewer and bigger. A n example is the recent bid by Bayer to buy Monsanto. (and once again join hands to make poisons as MoBay and becoming the IG Farben of our times.)

Using free trade neoliberal policies and deregulation of commerce to enlarge their empires, these corporations are attacking life on earth and biodiversity. They have broadened their control over our seed, our food and freedom, robbing us of our human rights and democracy. They have established monopolies and threatened farmers’ rights to seed and people ’s rights to affordable medicine through patents and IPRs.

The People’s Assembly will be a gathering of movements, seed savers, seed defenders, farmers and growers and civilians to address the crimes against nature and against humanity perpetrated by chemical and biotechnology corporations. We will also chart the road to our future based on Seed Freedom and Food Freedom, agroecology and farmers rights, our commons and economies of sharing, rights of nature and earth democracy.

Learn more: http://seedfreedom.info/campaign/peoplesassembly-at-mt-the-hague/

Should you want to participate, create a workshop and/or put up a stand, please send a request to info [@] peoples assembly.net

See People's Assembly draft program HERE

See Monsanto Tribunal draft program HERE

International Monsanto Tribunal Official Website: http://www.monsanto-tribunal.org/

From the 2nd of October to the 16th of October, organize People ’s Assemblies everywhere, to stop a century of ecocide and genocide, so we can re-begin to start living with peace on the earth.

Those who brought us the concentration camps, the poisons of the green r evolution, GMO’s and patents of seeds, and now the new extermination tools of gene editing and drives, need to be tried for crimes against the earth and crimes against humanity.

As earth citizens, we have a duty to protect the earth and we have a rig ht to protect our lives and that of future generations. And even while we t rial them for their crimes we must celebrate life on earth, our capacity to work with the earth as co-creators.

Peace, love, celebration, diversity is what we hope in October you will organize wherever you are in your own way."

LEARN MORE ON HOW TO JOIN THE CALL TO ACTION: http://seedfreedom.info/campaign/call-to-action-2016/

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Sep
4
8:30am 8:30am

Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 "Planet at the Crossroads" is taking place September 1-10 in Hawaii.

ELC's Linda Sheehan will be conducting a joint workshop September 4, 2016 from 8:30am-10:30am. The Workshop "Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature" will explore the latest developments on the rights of nature and our responsibilities towards nature, and reparations for ecological damage.

Objectives:
1. A shared understanding of the latest developments in law, policy and jurisprudence on:
a. nature's rights and our responsibilities towards nature, in recognition of our interdependence, and
b. reparations for ecological damage.
2. A list of actions and best practices to move Earth-focused law and policy forward.

Read more about the workshop here.

Read more about the Congress here.

Wikimedia Commons

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We need your help!

1)      Can you share our workshop to your contacts and on social media?

Please share the flier for our “Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature” workshop, which will explore the latest developments on the rights of nature, our responsibilities towards nature, and reparations for ecological damage. Our event page can be found here: http://bit.ly/ELCIUCN. You can follow and use these hashtags: #IUCNCongress10223; #RightsofNature; #IUCNRoN.

2)      Will you sign on to our initiative?

We ask for your support in urging the IUCN to implement its 2012 Resolution on nature’s rights. WCC-2012-Res-100, “Incorporation of the Rights of Nature as the organizational focal point in IUCN’s decision making,” calls on the IUCN to adopt a Declaration of the Rights of Nature and incorporate nature’s rights into all its initiatives. Help us ensure the IUCN makes implementation of this Resolution a key action item in its 2017-2020 work program. To sign on in support, please send your organization’s name and logo to mbender@earthlaw.org.

3)      Are you an IUCN member and will you be at the Congress?

Please attend our workshop on Sunday, Sept. 4th at 8:30 a.m. Also please support Motions 78 and 89, which recognize the Rights of Nature, and support the implementation of WCC-2012-Res-100.

Now is the time to shift our laws and actions to an Earth-centered worldview and ethic. Join us!

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Sep
1
to Oct 31

Free Yale University Online Classes in Cosmology and Ecology


In September 2016, Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim will teach three six-week online courses through Yale. These will be featured as a cluster of courses (a "specialization") under the theme of "Cosmology and Ecology." This will include two courses on Journey of the Universe and a course on the Worldview of Thomas Berry. Each course can be taken independently. These are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on Coursera and free to anyone, anywhere on the planet. These will be the first MOOC specialization for Yale and the first MOOCs for the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. More details will follow when the release date is known.

For more information on the classes.
 

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Aug
25
12:30pm12:30pm

Living Cosmology: Dwelling Within the Journey of the Universe

“Living Cosmology: Dwelling Within the Journey of the Universe.” This webcast will take place on August 25 at 12:30-2:00pm U.S. Mountain Daylight Time. Tucker invites us to participate in the creative flourishing of the Earth community. Father Richard Rohr will offer a brief introduction and closing comments.

Registration for the webcast includes access to the replay, which will be made available through September 25, starting shortly after the live broadcast. For more, visit: https://cac.org/living-cosmology/

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Jul
21
8:00am 8:00am

Outsmarting Nature?

Movements & Emerging Technologies Webinars present: Outsmarting Nature? A webinar on Synthetic Biology for Crops and Agriculture. Thursday July 21st, 8am (San Francisco), 11am (New York) 4pm (London), 6pm (EEST Bucharest). Streaming line on www.synbiowatch.org. What's the role of synthetic biology in our food system and how does it relate to "climate-smart" agriculture? What are the costs and risks?

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

Conference ‘Rights to Nature: Tracing alternative political ecologies to the neoliberal environmental agenda’

ELC's Linda Sheehan will be providing an overview of Rights of Nature at the 'Rights to Nature' Conference at Cambridge University.

The conference is intended to directly relate "academic research with existing environmental and social movements around Europe with the goal to unravel the conditions that could lead to a positive, non-exploitative and non-alienating relationship between humans and non-human nature. In particular, we seek to critically engage with the changes in society-nature relationship and the radical literature produced about it, while building up bridges with wider discussions about more democratic and socially just alternatives to capitalism. We seek to create a space where scholars, activists and members of political parties in the Left can interact and exchange ideas, concerns and views about the changes and challenges that we are facing in the environmental field in post-crisis Europe. Our hope is that this opportunity will help define a clear and radical left political agenda for the environment as well as permit scholars to sharpen radical analyses about the relation between nature, capitalism and politics elsewhere in the world. "

The conference flier here.

The conference agenda here.

All presentations and discussions will be broadcast online using the Skype account “rightstonatureconference” (if you have troubles, please try through email search: conservationandtransformation@gmail.com). In addition to live broadcasting, they will be video recording all presentations and some of them will be eventually uploaded here.

 

 

 

 

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World Environment Day 2016
Jun
5
12:00pm12:00pm

World Environment Day 2016

This Sunday we celebrate World Environment Day, which is focusing this year on biodiversity with a theme of “Go Wild for Life”; see: http://www.wed2016.com/content/what-is-wed. Human activity has accelerated species extinction to 1,000 times the natural rate. Over 30 mammal species are threatened or endangered in California alone, including the humpback whale and southern sea otter; see: http://bit.ly/1TSUM7T.

ELC will be at Patagonia in San Francisco on Sunday from 12-2 to share information on our own work in the San Francisco Bay-Delta area. Please stop by and learn how you can help protect all species’ rights to exist, thrive and evolve.

To find a registered event near you: WED

Photo credit: Mike Baird, Wikimedia Commons

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Apr
30
9:30am 9:30am

Bay Area Rights of Nature Tribunal

Lindsey Slough, Steve Culberson USFWS

Lindsey Slough, Steve Culberson USFWS

The Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance (BARoNA) is holding a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Antioch on April 30th. Visit the event's Facebook page to learn more, RSVP and receive updates and facts surrounding the event.

The Tribunal will address nature’s, community, and human rights violations specific to reduced flows in the Delta. It will particularly address the harm that the Governor’s proposed Delta Tunnels plan would do to those limited flows, as well as to the fish and Delta communities that depend on a healthy Bay-Delta Estuary.

Tribunal witnesses and experts will also offer solutions to water flow and supply challenges that protect, not injure, nature’s rights and human rights.

This event is free and open to the public, but will require an RSVP. Please mark your calendars and join us in growing the movement for nature's rights.

Stay tuned for more information as the event grows closer.

If you would like to learn more about Rights of Nature and past Tribunals, visit http://therightsofnature.org/what-is-rights-of-nature/ and http://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/

To learn more about the depletion of Delta waterways visit http://restorethedelta.org/.

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Mar
22
12:01am12:01am

World Water Day

World Water Day is your chance to take actions locally to protect the waterways you depend on and ensure your rights to water are respected, as well as nature's inherent rights and the rights of water for itself.

The White House is hosting a "water summit" tomorrow - World Water Day - to better address the challenges drought is posing nationwide. Urge him to develop water plans that include the rights of the natural world to water: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact. You can watch President Obama’s Water Summit on livestream.

Additionally, stay tuned for a 5- minute video produced by the Gaia Foundation which will explore the impacts extractive industries have on the water cycle.

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Mar
19
9:00am 9:00am

Call of the Forest

On March 19th in Pt Reyes Station, ELC will be speaking at a daylong gathering inspired by the botanist and environmental visionary Diana Beresford-Kroeger, author of several books on the ecological and spiritual importance of trees. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required. For more information, please see:  http://ptreyesbooks.com/goh/call-of-the-forest?qt-call_of_the_forest=0#qt-call_of_the_forest.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for those aged 18 to 30. To request a scholarship application, email blackmountaincircle@gmail.com and submit applications by February 26th.

 

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Mar
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

An Evening with Mary Evelyn Tucker

After Paris: Climate and Religion


"What role can faith play in motivating our leaders towards sustainable change? How can faith-based work bring activists together across communities? Join us for an evening with Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-director of Yale’s Forum on Religion and Ecology, who will speak on the climate movement and faith post-COP 21. A Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, Tucker is the author or editor of numerous volumes on religious environmentalism. A Q&A moderated by Reverend MaAn Barcelo of the Alameda Interfaith Climate Action Network will follow Tucker's remarks."

Doors to the gallery open half an hour before all events. All seating is general admission, and we recommend early arrival to ensure seat selection.

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)

Where: The David Brower Center - 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704

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Mar
11
9:00am 9:00am

Religion and Ecology Summit

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA, USA

Building on the momentum the fall’s UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, and the summer release of the Pope’s Encyclical, Laudato Si’, it is ever more clear that religions have a great deal to contribute to discussions about climate change and environmental degradation.

To ground these global trends in our local Bay Area community, and to explore how faith groups, spirituality, and environmental conservation can work more effectively together, we are convening a one-day Religion and Ecology Summit on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:00am – 5:30pm at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, sponsored by CIIS and the American Academy of Religion (AAR). 

We are inviting scholars, practitioners, and academics, representing both religious traditions and environmental expertise, to discuss synergies and shared interest, to devise ways to be effective collaborators in theory and practice.

The Summit will explore themes including: the role of affect, including spirituality and emotion, in environmental conservation; religion and environmental justice; and intersections between academia and engaged projects. In addition to talks and panels, we have built in time for discussion and networking to begin to establish a religion and ecology network in the Bay Area.

The Summit will open with a keynote address by Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, co-founder of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology and Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the Divinity School, and the Department of Religious Studies.

Dr. Brian Thomas Swimme, Professor of Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, will give a closing keynote address.

Other confirmed speakers include:

* Dr. Richard Norgaard, Professor of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley
* Dr. Robert McDermott, President Emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Chair of the Philosophy and Religion program at CIIS
* Dr. Sean Kelly, Professor of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies
* Dr. Faith Kearns, Academic Coordinator, California Institute for Water Resources
* Dr. Melissa Nelson, Professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University
* Dr. Vijaya Nagarajan, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco
* The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, President and Founder of Interfaith Power and Light
* Eijun Linda Cutts, Central Abbess, San Francisco Zen Center
* Alena Coons, Doctoral Candidate in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies
* Laura Dev, Doctoral Student in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management at UC Berkeley
* Heidi Quante, Founder of Creative Catalysts

For more information, including the draft of the schedule, visit here


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