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Our Earth Matters: Webinar on June 5 – Register Now

"Our Earth Matters" on a countryside sunrise (photo credit: Dean Vallance)

21 May 2021 | 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 to probe the future trajectory for our better common environmental future. Register now to take part in this free webinar!

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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!

Sunset over a countryside scene with blue sky and text spelling: Our Earth Matters

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.

 

Background

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.”

 

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Our Earth Matters: Webinar

 June 5, 2021 at 8:00 AM (EDT) / 02:00 PM (CEST) / 05:30 PM (IST)

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!

 

PROGRAM

Introduction

Welcome: Bharat H. Desai (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)

 

Session 1

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

 

Session 2

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

 

Contributor affiliations:
- 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)

 

Supporting Organizations

Global Pact Coalition

Since 2018, the Global Pact for the Environment project is under discussion at the United Nations. Civil society must come together and demand that States recognize our right to live in a healthy environment. Discover more via the Global Pact Coalition website.

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ICEL

The International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) was founded in 1969. The need for deploying ICEL expertise is greater now more than ever, as environmental degradation trends worsen, and the face of the Anthropocene epoch is ever more visible. Discover more via the ICEL website.

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IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its member organizations. This diversity and expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Discover more via the IUCN website.

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Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the foremost university in India, and a world-renowned center for teaching and research. The School of Environmental Sciences has received the University Grants Commmision's recognition as a Centre for Excellence. Discover more via the JNU website.

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Olof Palme International Center 

The Olof Palme International Center (OPIC) is the Swedish labour movement's umbrella organisation for international solidarity and advocacy. The organization works globally for democracy, human rights, peace and social justice. Discover more via the OPIC website.

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Olof Palme International Center (brown logo)

 

Only those people who join on June 5 will be able to participate and submit questions directly to the speakers during the event. Space for this free webinar is limited, so be sure to register without delay. (The recording will be available online afterwards.)

Our Earth Matters: What Else?

Discover all about the Our Earth Matters series by checking out the EPL special issue and the contributions will also appear in a limited-edition book.