Rights of Nature: Definitions, Legal Frameworks, Indigenous Perspectives

The following videos are from the first-ever Rights of Nature Symposium were held this past October 2017 at Tulane Law School.

Karenna Gore – Keynote Speaker of the Center for Earth Ethics, keynoted the Symposium.

Introduction and Panel 1: Limitations of Conventional Environmental Law

Panel 1 at the Symposium – Limitations on Conventional Environmental Law – moderated by CELDF’s Thomas Linzey, and featured Richard Mott of the Wallace Global Fund, Tammy Belinsky of the Environmental Law Group, Ryan Talbott of the Allegheny Defense Project, Michelle Maloney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, and Professor Oliver Houck of Tulane Law School.

Panel 2, Part 1: International Perspective

Panel 2 at the Symposium – Recognizing the Rights of Nature in Law – provided an international, U.S., and indigenous perspective on advancing the Rights of Nature into law.  This is Panel 2, Part 1 – featuring the international perspective with panelists Natalia Greene of the Pachamama Alliance in Ecuador, Shrawan Sharma of the Center for Economic and Social Development in Nepal, and Pella Thiel of Rights of Nature Sweden.  CELDF’s Mari Margil moderated the panel.

Panel 2, Part 2: U.S. Perspective

Panel 2 at the Symposium – Recognizing the Rights of Nature in Law – provided an international, U.S., and indigenous perspective on advancing the Rights of Nature into law.  This is Panel 2, Part 2 – featuring the United States perspective with panelists Ben Price of CELDF, Shannon Biggs of Movement Rights, and elected supervisor Stacy Long of Grant Township, Pennsylvania.  CELDF’s Mari Margil moderated the panel.

Panel 2, Part 3: Indigenous Perspective

Panel 2 at the Symposium – Recognizing the Rights of Nature in Law – provided an international, U.S., and indigenous perspective on advancing the Rights of Nature into law.  This is Panel 2, Part 3 – featuring the indigenous perspective with panelists Bill Greendeer of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Casey Camp-Horinek of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, and Deon Ben, a member of the Navajo Nation and staff person with the Grand Canyon Trust.  CELDF’s Mari Margil moderated the panel.

Panel 3: Defending and Enforcing Rights of Nature Laws

For Panel 3 at the Symposium – Defending and Enforcing the Rights of Nature – panelists described how ecosystems themselves are defending their rights in Ecuador and the U.S.  Panel 3 featured moderator Thomas Linzey of CELDF, attorneys Francisco Bustamente and Hugo Echeverria of Ecuador, and attorneys Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin and Jason Flores-Williams of the U.S.

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