28th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Feb. 25 - 28 in Eugene
Speakers and panelists this year include Ramona Africa, Duke Lankard, Maria Gunnoe, Karen Davis, David Kirby, Tre Arrow, Peter Young, Jeff Luers, Allison Lance, and environmental activists, attorneys, and policy-makers from around the world.
Recover • Renew • Reimagine
28th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
Thursday, February 25 - Sunday, February 28, 2010
University of Oregon School of Law • Eugene, Oregon
Continuing economic uncertainty is merging with environmental and social degradation, and humanity faces both a mounting crisis and a dawning opportunity. As environmental activists, we must recover from the damage inflicted on our communities, our nations, and our planet, renew our determination for and commitment to positive change, and reimagine how we shall move forward into the new century and toward future generations.
PIELC has become the premier annual gathering for environmentalists from across the globe, and is distinguished as the oldest and largest conference of its kind. The four-day event includes more than 150 panels, workshops, and multimedia presentations addressing the entire spectrum of environmental law and advocacy. This year's panel topics include: fighting coal power plants and mountaintop removal mining, responses to Copenhagen, water law and dam removal, sustainable architecture and design, grassroots environmental activism, recent environmental litigation and legislation, new developments in species and habitat protection from the U.S. and around the world, and many more.
The conference features daily afternoon and evening keynote presentations by preeminent attorneys, activists, scientists, politicians, philosophers, and authors. This year, PIELC welcomes as keynote speakers:
• Ramona Africa, Minister of Information for the MOVE organization;
• Marcilynn Burke, Deputy Director of Policy, Bureau of Land Management and former environmental law professor at the University of Houston;
• Patricia Cochran, executive director of the Alaska Native Science Commission, Chair of the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change and former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council;
• Steven Donziger, an international environmental law attorney and member of the joint Ecuadorian-American legal team that is representing 80 indigenous communities in Ecuador in a class-action suit against Chevron-Texaco;
• Marc Ona Essangui, president and founder of the environmental NGO Brainforest, president of Environment Gabon, and 2009 Goldman Prize winner;
• Craig Franklin, biologist and Professor of Zoology at the University of Queensland, Australia, who has been studying fish, amphibians, and reptiles for more than 15 years;
• Maria Gunnoe, full-time organizer for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Gunnoe has been involved in community organizing around the issues of mountaintop removal coal mining, valley fills, and coal waste dams for the past 12 years;
• Rizwana Hasan, executive director of the Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association and 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize winner;
• Terri Irwin, conservationist, filmmaker, and owner of Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia;
• Dune Lankard, co-founder of the Eyak Preservation Council and Redzone, an organization whose mission is to "protect the inherent rights of culture, heritage, language, and ancestral lands of native people in Alaska;"
• Anuradha Mittal, executive director of the Oakland Institute and an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agricultural issues. Mittal was named as the 2008 Most Valuable Progressive Thinker by The Nation magazine;
• Trip Van Noppen, president of Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment; and
• Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado Law School professor and author of thirteen books. Wilkinson is a leading authority on public land, Indian, and natural resources law.
PIELC is organized solely by the volunteers of Land Air Water, a student environmental law society, and is sponsored by Friends of Land Air Water, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information about the conference, traveling to Eugene, and opportunities for participants, please visit our website at www.pielc.org. Online registration is available.
View the whole panel schedule at: http://www.pielc.org/Brochures/2010.pdf
Read more about the keynote speakers: http://www.pielc.org/2010/speakers.html
Register for the conference: http://www.pielc.org/pages/register_active.html
Ride and housing boards: http://www.pielc.org/phpbb2/index.php
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