Date: Friday, February 28, 1:00 – 6:00 pm; Saturday, February 29, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Karenna Gore
We are living in a time of both unprecedented ecological destruction and increasing consciousness of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth. Many efforts to protect air, land, water, biodiversity and whole ecosystems are blocked by the legal reality that nature is treated as property. This is compounded by the fact that corporations have unprecedented power, including the designation of legal “personhood.” This class will examine the Rights of Nature, with special attention to Indigenous wisdom and leadership, religious belief systems, church history, and the practical realities of the legal system. We will hear from guest speakers and examine case studies in New Zealand, Ecuador, India and the United States.
About the Instructor
Karenna Gore is the director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary. She is an attorney, advocate, writer and educator. Her past experience includes work in the legal center of Sanctuary for Families, which serves victims of domestic violence and trafficking and as Director of Community Affairs for the Association to Benefit Children (ABC), which provides early childhood education and other services for families living in poverty in New York City. She worked on the editorial staff of Slate magazine and is the author of Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America (2006). Karenna is a graduate of Harvard College, Columbia Law School and Union Theological Seminary. She is the eldest child of Al and Tipper Gore and lives in New York City with her three children.