FRIDAY April 21
9.30 Coffee and registration
10.00 Welcome and introduction
Nature´s rights in law – processes and practice
Rights of Nature – Mari Margil, CELDF
At a time of unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change, there is a growing understanding that conventional environmental legal frameworks are inadequate to protect nature. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world, by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability, and placing the highest legal protections on nature through the recognition of rights.
The emergence of ecocide law to protect our common home – Femke Wijdekop, End Ecocide on Earth
Ecocide law aims to make the worst kind of violence against nature an international crime. It recognizes that our planetary boundaries are the ‘ultimate court of appeal’ and that we need to harmonize our human laws with nature’s laws. At this moment, our human laws are completely out of sync with nature’s laws and at the root of this lies the misperception that humans own nature and are separate from it.
Reflections from conference participants and panel
Outdoor exercise: What would a society that acknowledges Earth Rights look like?
Conclusion and check-out
SATURDAY April 22
from 7.00 BREAKFAST
8.30 Ceremony to celebrate International Day of Mother Earth
The worldview reflected in Rights of Nature
Sumak Kawsay – A way of living in harmony within communities and with nature – Patricia Gualinga
Open space: How can we work with Earth Rights in the transition to sustainability?
Conclusion, reflection and integration
16.00 Conference ends.