Eco-Equity: the crossroads between cultural diversity and environmental health
Black Law Student Association, Environmental Law Society, Latin American Law Students Association, Native American Law Students Association
Friday, March 28, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PDT)
Environmental justice promotes a fair distribution of environmental benefits and burdens. Eco-Equity will revolve around the ability of all communities to protect their health, safety, and economic interests from unjust environmental degradation. Historically underprivileged populations and minorities are survivors of cultural genocide. The loss of these communities impacts all of humanity.
Through five panels, experts and practitioners from all over the country will explore the many current legal issues sparked by Environmental Justice. First, we will consider Indigenous Rights and the Environment through discussion of the advocacy tools available to indigenous people and how these tools may be implemented in other communities. Our second panel, Civil Rights and Environmental Justice, will provide a legal advocacy cookbook. Speakers on this panel will provide guidance on how to motivate the public to take action against environmental injustices, prove standing in environmental justice litigation, and what remedies are available through an environmental law suit. The third panel will consist of several case studies where communities have successfully risen against the threats of industrialization and poor waste management planning. Our fourth panel will focus on Developing Natural Resources, weighing economic rights against impacts on culture, health, and the environment. Finally, our fifth panel will focus on promoting environmental justice on an international scale, and striking a balance between environmental advocacy and the promotion of cultural traditions. Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd and Dr. Betsy Baker of Vermont Law School will sit on this final panel. Following thier individual presentations, we will facilitate an in-depth Q&A session and initiate a conversation between the two.
Developing Natural Resources
EJ on an International Scale