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2010 PAST EVENTS
November 4, 2010 - Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth Rights
Sister Pat Siemen, CEJ’s director, spoke at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, on November 4, 2010. Her presentation, part of the diversity program at the law school, coincided with the Festival of Faiths program on the theme of “Sacred Soil.”
Sister Pat’s presentation highlighted the legal and ethical foundations for expanding legal consideration to the land, which according to Aldo Leopold, includes all the components of a single community of life. Additional photos can be seen on the Louisville Law photostream.
October 7, 2010 – Welcome Reception, Environmental Justice Summit
CEJ hosted the Welcome Reception at the second annual Environmental Justice Summit held at Barry University School of Law on October 7 & 8, 2010. The reception featured Brent Newell, Esq., of the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, who represents the native village of Kivalina, Alaska. Mr. Newell described the current status of the environmental justice lawsuit filed by the village. His talk was accompanied by photographs of the residents’ plight due to climate change and soil erosion.
The Environmental Justice Summit is presented annually by the Barry Law Environmental Responsibility Committee, with the support of various law student organizations.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – Ecological Integrity Conference: Reconnecting Humans, Health & Habitat
Dr. Vandana Shiva, author and renowned environmental activist, spoke on the subject of Earth Citizenship at a conference hosted by CEJ on July 13, 2010. A video highlight is available here.
Dr. Vandana Shiva is the founder of Navdanya, a movement to protect biological and cultural diversity and food security that has helped create the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in India. Dr. Vandana Shiva is the winner of the Right Livelihood Award, the “alternative Nobel Prize,” and has authored such works as Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply and Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace.
She was joined by her sister, Dr. Mira Shiva, physician and public health activist, who has devoted three decades to issues of primary health care; the right to health, food and essential medicines; and gender and social justice. As director of the Initiative for Health Equity and Society and a founding member of the worldwide People’s Health Movement, she was awarded India’s National Award for Women’s Development Through Application of Science and Technology for her pioneering work in women’s health, right to life-saving medicines, and national health care.
The conference also featured:
Dr. Mahadev Bhat, professor at FIU’s Department of Earth and Environment
Léonie Hermantin, deputy director of the Lambi Fund of Haiti
Susan Luck, president of the EarthRose Institute
March 26, 2010 - Who’s Next? (And What Will We Leave Them?) – Safeguarding the Earth for Future Generations
On March 26, 2010, more than thirty lawyers, law professors, and law students met at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, to consider current efforts to preserve the Earth for future generations of humans and nonhumans alike.
After decades of expansion and development, we are becoming increasingly aware that our social and economic choices come at a price–a price that will be paid by our children and our grandchildren in climate change, loss of habitat and biodiversity, and a damaged Earth. We are learning that, as Thomas Berry asserted, we cannot have “well humans on a sick planet.”
The program highlighted themes of interdependence and sustainability, along with ongoing local and statewide efforts to reconcile current human needs and the needs of future generations of all species.
Keith R. Fountain, director of protection in Florida for The Nature Conservancy, began the program by outlining strategies and approaches that have resulted in the protection of almost 1.3 million acres of critical conservation landscapes throughout the state.
James Sellen, executive vice president of planning and design for MSCW, Inc., a firm that focuses on the planning and design of sustainable, mixed-use, master-planned communities, followed with an outline of past and future “new urbanism” projects. His firm designs communities to meet human social and economic needs in a more environmentally sensitive manner than traditional developments.
Karen Z. Consalo, Esq. of The Consalo Law Firm then addressed development, conservation and the remediation of environmental contamination in affected communities from the government’s various perspectives at the city, county and state level.
The keynote address was delivered by Alyson Craig Flournoy, law professor and director of the Environmental & Land Use Law Program at the University of Florida Levin School of Law. She made the case for a National Environmental Legacy Act, based upon considerations of climate change, natural capital and intergenerational justice. Her presentation pointed out the basis for such an act in existing law and policy, and underscored the importance of having a proactive approach to preserving our environmental legacy, rather than an approach based upon a “spend down” mentality.
Please see presentations from the conference below.
Sr. Pat Siemen on Rights of Nature at TEDxJacksonville 2013View video full screen on YouTube.
Florida’s Water and Land LegacyCongratulations to all who worked so diligently and passionately to collect the signatures required to place dedicated funding for conservation land acquisition on the ballot in 2014. More than 960,000 voters signed in support of this measure! Learn more about this initiative at Florida's Water and Land Legacy.org.
CEJ Events & PresentationsMore coming soon!
Other EventsWater Blues/Green Solutions
St. Johns Riverkeeper & partners
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Locally premiering a new documentary film about communities working with nature to solve their water problems, followed by a panel discussion.
Learn more at StJohnsRiverkeeper.org.
Marion County Springs Festival
Florida Springs Institute & partners
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Silver Springs State Park
Silver Springs, FL
Exhibits, vendors, music, food, kids programs and more, surrounded by Florida’s first attraction, the historic and magical Silver Springs.
Contact: (352) 236-7148
More info at FloridaSpringsInstitute.org.
Growing Native Annual Conference
Florida Native Plant Society
May 15-18, 2014
Florida Gulf Coast University
Ft. Myers, FL
Field trips, speakers, education, socials, and a plant sale, all featuring the intriguing world of native plants.
Find out more at FNPS.org.
River City EcoFest
River City Eco Foundation
Saturday, May 17, 2014
10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Outdoor Music/Eco Festival & River Race with workshops, clinics, outdoor recreation expo, a film festival, food, trucks and music.
Contact: (904) 502-7733
Get more info at RiverCityChallenge.org.
Finding the Fountains of Youth: Exploring the Myth of Florida’s Magical Waters
Ongoing through April 27, 2014
Rincon Gallery, South Florida Museum
Graphic designer Rick Kilby examines how Florida’s reputation for healing, restorative waters entered popular culture and created its tourist economy.
Contact: (941) 746-4131
Details at SouthFloridaMuseum.org.
Springs Eternal: Florida’s Fragile Fountains of Youth
Ongoing through May 30, 2014
Gallery for Innovation and the Arts
R.A. Gray Building
Photographer John Moran’s images from the past and present create a then-and-now narrative of Florida's springs.
Contact: (850) 245-6470
Discover more at SpringsEternalProject.org.
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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- Peacekeeping Budgets Equal Less Than Two Days of Military Spending April 22, 2014