[Author: Carmel McNamara, IOS Press]
Amsterdam, NL – Expert scholars and decision-makers have contributed to a number of special publications curated by EPL's Editor-in-Chief Bharat H. Desai – on the theme of "Our Earth Matters" – and this will be the focus of a webinar on June 5, 2021. Dr. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University) will be introduce proceedings and there will be two sessions chaired by Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University) and Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University School of Law) who will be joined by many of the contributing authors participating in this webinar to to probe the future trajectory for our better common environmental future. Register now to take part in this free webinar!
The invited authors reexamine the current global approaches, as well as explore the future trajectory with new ideas, tools, techniques, processes, ecological frameworks and institutional innovations for international environmental governance in the 21st century and beyond. There will be 21 articles published across an extended special issue of the journal and they will also be included in a limited-edition book.
On May 21, 2019, it was officially recognized that we are now living in the Anthropocene, Earth’s latest geological epoch, named for the "unmistakable imprint of human activities." This announcement came almost 60 years after the publication of Rachel Carson’s landmark work of environmental writing in the book Silent Spring and in 2022 it will be 50 years since the first UN Conference on the Human Environment, held in Stockholm in June 1972 (read more here). Now, therefore, It is an opportune time to probe the future trajectory for our better common environmental future. Join us as a number of contributors to the special issue and book join a discussion on World Environment Day, June 5, 2021.
On this day, a panel of high-profile experts will take part in a major discussion during an exclusive online event that will raise pertinent questions about how we might move ahead to forge those pathways to a better environmental future – what have the last 50 years taught us and what are the next steps and priorities?. Dr. Desai asks: “Has it brought about changes in human mindsets, jettisoning of greed and defining our needs? What could be the new ideas, approaches, processes, regulatory tools, and institutional structures to address the ‘world problematique’? It still continues to haunt us after 50 years.”
Our Earth Matters: Webinar
There will be two sessions during the 2.5-hour webinar: the first covering "Prognoses" with discussions around the review of global environmental change and chaired by Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University, Washington, DC); and the second session, which will be chaired by Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University School of Law, New York), will be on "Prospects" – as we turn to look forward and focus on actions that can be taken. We are delighted that a large number of the special issue/book contributors are participating in this webinar to discuss these important topics. Register now to take part in this free webinar!
Welcome: Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
Topic: Review of Global Environmental Challenge
Chair: Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University, Washington, DC, USA)
Panelists: Yann Aguila, Bharat H. Desai, Louis Kotzé, Nele Matz-Lück, Nicholas A. Robinson, and Nico Schrijver
Topic: Road Ahead to Stockholm+50 and Beyond
Chair: Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University School of Law, New York, NY, USA)
Panelists: Ole K. Fauchald, Said Mahmoudi, Owen McIntyre, Greg Rose, Oliver Ruppel, Anna Sundström
Please note: the above lists are not final and subject to change
- Yann Aguila (Global Pact Coalition, France)
- Edith Brown Weiss (Georgetown University, USA)
- Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)
- Ole K. Fauchald (University of Oslo, Norway)
- Louis Kotzé (North-West University, South Africa)
- Said Mahmoudi (University of Stockholm, Sweden)
- Nele Matz-Lück (Kiel University Law School, Germany)
- Owen McIntyre (University College Cork, Ireland
- Nicholas A. Robinson (Pace University School of Law, USA)
- Greg Rose (University of Wollongong, Australia)
- Oliver Ruppel (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
- Anna Sundström (Olof Palme International Centre, Sweden)
- Nico Schrijver (Leiden University, the Netherlands)