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Former Environment Minister leads debate on 'Wild Law'

14.11.2005

Former Environment Minister Michael Meacher MP is to lead a debate, at the University of Brighton on the challenging idea of 'Wild Law - how can we regulate our relationship with the planet?'.

The university is hosting debate on this issue, which is being investigated by a growing network of people concerned about how we can change our thinking and behaviour to create a viable way forward for future generations.

The Earth's environments are being increasingly affected by human activities. How we regulate such impacts is a matter of concern, as many laws, policies and treaties have failed to halt and reverse environmental damage.

Wild Law proponents argue that a critical shift is needed to admit that Earth is a living system governed by its own laws and that all living beings have rights. They say the survival of life on earth requires us to change radically our understanding of the purpose of law and governance.

The conference will be held at the University of Brighton, Cockcroft Building, Lewes Road, Brighton, on Friday 18 November starting at 1.30pm. It provides an opportunity to learn more about these ideas and discuss practical ways of moving forward. Speakers include Prof. Jacqueline McGlade; Executive Director of the European Environment Agency and Prof. Lynda Warren; Director of the Environment Agency.

If you are interested in attending, please email Dr Kirsty Smallbone, MSc Environmental Management and Assessment Course Leader k.smallbone@brighton.ac.uk.


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