March 29, 7-8.30 pm CET
Michelle Bender: Advancing Holistic and Ocean Rights-Based Governance
To better address the pressing environmental challenges of today, ”Earth Law” – an emerging form of governance – provides legal rights to nature and gives a stronger voice to local communities and indigenous groups in decisions that impact the environment. The talk will provide a background and overview of Earth Law Center (ELC), a legal advocacy group working to transform our governance systems to include rights of nature. Michelle Bender is the Ocean Rights Manager at ELC, committed to incorporating the rights of nature into ocean law and policy. Michelle will provide an overview of ELC’s Ocean Rights initiatives and strategies, evaluate current ocean protection efforts, and delve into what a holistic and rights-based approach would look like in practice. More information can be found at www.earthlawcenter.org.