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I write to speak of a transition at CEJ that begins today. Transitioning can be a time of expectation and excitement, or a time of hesitation and dread. Fortunately the CEJ transition is one of excitement.
Starting July 1, I am beginning a year’s sabbatical and leave of absence from CEJ and Barry Law School in order to reflect and write. It is satisfying to leave the work and mission of CEJ in the competent, capable and experienced hands of Jane Goddard, Acting Director, and Rob Williams, CEJ Staff Attorney. In addition, yesterday we added Jane Marsden to our team as CEJ’s administrative assistant.
For some time now, I’ve been hankering to find some down time to study and reflect upon the changes and rapid developments in the field of Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature. CEJ began in 2006 and the Earth jurisprudence movement has burgeoned since then. In 2006 only a handful of folks such as Thomas Berry, Mike Bell, Cormac Cullinan, and Liz Hosken, with her wonderful colleagues from the Gaia Foundation in London, were speaking of the contours and core principles of Earth jurisprudence. I have always considered myself blessed to begin the Center of Earth Jurisprudence under their wise and welcoming mentoring.
Now the Rights of Nature movement is recognized internationally. The formation of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in 2010 and its recent first World Ethics Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth held in Ecuador in January demonstrate the significant eco-centric cultural and legal shifts that are emerging across the planet. It seems that many of us are finding our way back into a reciprocal relationship with the natural world. Our indigenous brothers and sisters remain our teachers, reminding us that all other species are our brothers and sisters. We are all of one web.
So, as we move into the fullness of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I take leave of CEJ and go into a period of networking and then hibernation so I can settle into writing. I look forward to seeing some of you along the way at various CEJ and Earth law events. In February I have the honor of working with Dr. Vandana Shiva and co-teaching a workshop with her and Dr. Mira Shiva, on “Building an Earth Democracy” at the Earth University in Dehradun, India. More information on this international workshop will be posted shortly.
During this sabbatical year, I promise to remain grounded in this work and ask for your prayer and support for the expansion of CEJ and its mission to advocate for legal policies and cultural changes that respect the rights all beings to exist and fulfill their propose.
May this be a time of abundance for each of you as well.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who are working diligently and passionately in support of Amendment 1 on the November 2014 ballot. More than 960,000 voters signed petitions to place The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the ballot. Learn more about Amendment 1 at VoteYeson1FL.org.
CEJ Events & PresentationsReflecting Florida: How Agriculture, Art & Activism Shape Our State
Sunday, October 19, 2014
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
East End Market
Join Florida’s most dynamic authors for a day celebrating the people, food and culture that make our state unique. Explorers, photographers, writers, poets, historians, naturalists, and chefs combine for a day focused on Florida. FREE panel discussions, author presentations, and book signings will culminate in a 5 p.m. happy hour (cash bar) and a 6 p.m. reception featuring local foods and noted author Bill Belleville (ticketed fundraiser for Amendment 1. More information available at Reflecting Florida.
The Myth & Magic of Florida Springs
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Spring Field Trip
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Building an Earth Democracy: Protecting the Rights of Mother Earth & Humanity
February 2-6, 2015
Doon Valley, Dehradun, India
Join Dr. Vandana Shiva, PhD, Dr. Mira Shiva, MD, and Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, JD for a residential workshop at Navdanya's Earth University to examine the Rights of Mother Earth, and the customs and laws that protect all inhabitants' rights of exist, regenerate, and thrive.
Contact: Dr. Vinod Bhatt - vinod (at) navdanya.net or Patricia Siemen - psiemen (at) barry.edu
Discover more at Navdanya.org.
Other EventsSave the Date!
Public Interest Environmental Conference
February 12-14, 2015
Details coming soon!
Learning to See Naturally ~ Nature Journaling WorkshopsVisit our nature journaling blog, Learning to See Naturally, for poems, photos, stories and other nature-inspired creative works from our workshop participants.
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