Environmental Law Program

ELP Colloquium: Linda Sheehan on Legal Rights for Nature

On October 4, 2011, Linda Sheehan, Executive Director of the Earth Law Center, joined us via Skype for a lunchtime colloquium!  The colloquium was titled “Legal Rights for Nature: Listening to the Lorax.”

Drawing on almost 20 years of environmental advocacy experience, Linda first discussed the fundamental limits of our environmental laws in ensuring a healthy environment. She then described an alternative “Earth law” system that recognizes our interconnectedness with the environment and allocates necessary legal rights to the natural world.

As Executive Director of Earth Law Center, Linda uses research, education, and advocacy to develop new governance models that acknowledge the natural world’s rights to exist, thrive and evolve. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She was most recently Executive Director of California Coastkeeper Alliance, a member of the 200-strong international network of Waterkeepers.

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