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The Rights of Nature in a Wellbeing Society

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

When we think about what is necessary to create and sustain societies grounded in wellbeing, respect for the rights of everything in our natural world is crucial. But how do we define the “rights” of nature? And what does it look like to uphold these rights in practice, especially in a world that has placed capitalistic values largely at the center of its decision-making and law-making processes? Join the Institute for Ecological Civilization and YES! Magazine for a discussion with leaders who have been redefining what it means to establish and protect the rights of nature for the sake of all living things on our planet.


  • Melissa Troutman — Co-director, Invisible Hand 
  • Mona Polacca — Senior Fellow for the Original Caretakers Program, Center for Earth Ethics & Chair  AND Chair, Council of the 13 
  • Hermann E. Ott — Founder and Managing Director, Germany Office for ClientEarth
  • Joe Bowersox III — Dempsey Endowed Chair of Environmental Politics and Law in the Department of Environmental Science, Willamette University
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April 28
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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