Climate change, water scarcity and other global threats are increasingly illustrating the limits of our existing environmental laws to stem degradation. This talk posits that environmental declines will continue until we address a fundamental assumption underlying our legal system: that humans are separate from the natural world and may treat it as property to be exploited, rather than as a connected ecological partner. In particular, the talk will focus on the growing movement to establish legal rights for rivers and lakes, including recent victories in New Zealand, Mexico, and elsewhere.
Grant Wilson is the Directing Attorney at Earth Law Center. He has advanced environmental campaigns in the United States and worldwide, from representing island nations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to National Land Policy work in Kenya. As Directing Attorney of Earth Law Center, Mr. Wilson works to advance the rights of nature in law, and in particular focuses on ensuring that our rivers thrive. Grant earned a degree in Environmental Policy from Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, and a J.D. with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
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