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Friday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Driving a Revolution from the Municipal Grassroots: How You Can Stop Unwanted Corporate Projects by Adopting a Bill of Rights for Nature and Your Community
Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Shannon Biggs, co-founder and Executive Director of Movement Rights, will provide “hands-on” direction for advancing legally enforceable bills of rights for community sustainability and nature within our cities, towns and counties. This workshop will share the strategies hundreds of communities across the U.S. are using to resist “fracking” and other corporate threats by using their municipal governments to directly confront a state and federal system of law that favors

Workshop Speakers
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Shannon Biggs

Shannon Biggs, previously a senior staffer at Global Exchange and at the International Forum on Globalization, is the co-founder/Director of Movement Rights, which works to advance the rights of communities, indigenous peoples and ecosystems. A leading figure in the international “Rights of Nature” movement, she is co-author/editor of: The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.
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Thomas Linzey

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights... Read More →
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Mari Margil

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund
Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization's global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador's Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom... Read More →

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
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