Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for an Ecological Age

Mary Chrstina Wood

Faculty Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon School of Law

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For spring, 2020 all WWU classes are being taught online. As such, the Huxley Speaker Series is revisiting favorite presentations from the Archives.

This talk was originally presented as part of the Huxley Speaker Series in Fall 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTAuw4UK3ig&list=PL_V1x509m24mrCNrm3tJBNOInyrovnHz1&index=5&t=0s

In the face of the global ecological crisis that climate change is accelerating, what can ordinary citizens do? In her Speaker Series talk titled, "Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for an Ecological Age," environmental law expert Mary Christina Wood offers new approaches to global climate change policy. Based on fundamental principles of sovereignty, rooted in ancient law of both the indigenous and industrialized worlds, Wood argues for a revolutionary and controversial new approach to “atmospheric trust litigation” that would hold governments morally accountable to protect our natural resources on behalf of the beneficiaries—the citizens of today and tomorrow. Could Nature’s Trust laws be a road-map for citizens seeking to take action against further environmental degradation?

Mary Wood

Mary Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon School of Law. She has taught law for more than twenty years, specializing in property law, environmental law, and federal Indian law.

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The Huxley Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

Location & Time

Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.

COVID

Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.

 

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