Originally posted on communityrightslanecounty.org :
We know it’s early – But Exciting it will be!
Date: Sunday March 8, 2020
Where: UO Campus (Exact location TBA)
Panel: Establishing the Rights of Nature
It is neither acceptable nor is it necessary to poison the environment to engage in commerce. In fact, it is the antithesis of a sustainable and responsible economy. But to stop harmful unsustainable developments like Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, determined environmental activists must first acknowledge that working within an “environmental protection” system, complicit with industry, is activism’s failure, not the system’s failure. Rather than pledging obedience to an unjust, dead-end system, activists across the country and around the world must become civilly disobedient in the name of justice, true sustainability, climate and a viable doorway into the future. Establishing the rights of nature, giving ecosystems standing, may be the single most effective means of reversing the Earth-wide trend of habitat destruction.
We have focused on a panel of individuals assembled from three geographic areas from around the United States:
1.) Will Falk—Author “How Dams Fall”; Lawyer who represented the Colorado River in Rights of Nature case.
2.) Markie Miller—Representative from Toledo, Ohio Community Rights whose CR group won the Lake Erie Bill of Rights initiative protecting the integrity of Lake Erie. She was invited to speak at the United Nations.
3.) Kai Sunburn—spokesman for Community Rights San Juan County who will be submitting this spring, their own Rights of Nature initiative – The Salish Sea Bill of Rights.
4.) Michelle Holman – Community Rights Lane County