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Friday, October 19 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Advancing the Legal Rights of Nature in a Time of Environmental Crisis
The first “rights of nature” law was enacted in a Pennsylvania community in 2006, followed two years later by Ecuador’s enshrinement of that principle in its constitution, the first country to do so. This is the ten-year anniversary of that historic event. Come learn how Indigenous people, communities, countries, and courts have continued the struggle to secure the highest legal protections for nature and how you can become part of this growing movement. With Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a leading figure in the global movement to enshrine Rights of Nature in jurisprudence; and Bill Twist, co-founder and CEO of the Pachamama Alliance. 

Workshop Speakers
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Mari Margil

Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's International Center for the Rights of Nature. She assisted Ecuador in drafting Rights of Nature constitutional provisions and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia and other... Read More →
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Bill Twist

Bill Twist is a co-founder and the CEO of the Pachamama Alliance, which works on rainforest preservation and Indigenous peoples’ rights in the headwaters region of the Amazon as well as on global social transformation. The Alliance seeks to help bring forth an environmentally sustainable... Read More →


Friday October 19, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Santa Rosa Room