In a mere three weeks, at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), environmental activists from all over the country — in fact, from all over the world — will come to Eugene for three intense days of teaching and learning and listening and speaking about issues as diverse as global deforestation, empowering young environmentalists and climate change mitigation efforts. The event is coordinated by Land, Air, Water (LAW) a student environmental law society. It will be held February 25-28 on the University of Oregon campus. The theme for this year is: Recover • Renew • Reimagine. The tentative conference schedule is now available on the PIELC website (though it is subject to change.) You can register at this link — registration is free, but donations are appreciated.
Keynote speakers include:
- Ramona Africa – activist and spokesperson for M.O.V.E.
- Patricia Cochran – Inupiat Eskimo, chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference
- Steven Donzinger – Attorney working with Pablo Fajardo
- Marc Ona Essangui – 2009 Goldman Prize winner from Gabon, Africa
- Craig Franklin – professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, Australia
- Maria Gunnoe – 2009 Goldman Prize winner from West Virginia
- Rizwana Hasan – 2009 Goldman Prize winner from Bangladesh
- Terri Irwin – the Australia Zoo, widow of Steve Irwin (originally from Eugene)
- Dune Lankard – Eyak native from Alaska, activist
- Jane Lubchenco – Director of NOAA
- Anuradha Mittal – Executive Dir. of the Oakland Institute, a progressive think tank
- Trip Van Noppen – President of Earthjustice
- Charles Wilkinson – Colorado Law Professor, author and public land and Indian law scholar
There will also be two special events prior to the ‘formal’ opening of PIELC:
Wednesday, February 24 — 7:30 pm — Columbia 150 (University of Oregon)
Environmental attorney Denis Hayes, national coordinator for the first EarthDay, former director of the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and current president of the Bullitt Foundation. Sponsored by the Oregon Humanities Center.
Thursday, February 25 — 3:30-4:30 pm — EMU Ballroom (University of Oregon)
Empowering the Next Generation of Wildlife Warriors
Join Robert and Bindi Irwin for an interactive question-and-answer session geared specifically toward young conservationists. Attendance is free, but seating is limited for this youth-oriented presentation. Learn more!
More information about the relationship between the PIELC and ELAW and details about the schedule and speakers will be featured in future blog posts.