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Bay Area People’s Tribunal on the Rights of Nature

October 5, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Around the world, people are realizing that our laws fail to respect nature’s rights to exist, thrive and evolve. Treating nature as merely property is harming both people and the environment. The Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal is the first in a series of global People’s Tribunals that will examine local issues – here, the fossil fuel industry and Chevron refinery – in the context of the rights of nature. Join us and step inside a new understanding of our relationships with the Earth. The distinguished panel of judges will include:

  • Brian Swimme (CIIS and Journey of the Universe)
  • Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute)
  • Courtney Cummings (Arikara and Cheyenne)
  • Bill Twist (Pachamama Alliance)
  • Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities)

The day will also feature:

  • The “Web of Life Labyrinth,” created by local artists
  • Insights from Bay Area ecological justice, human rights, local economy, indigenous, women’s, and other groups
  • Local art, music, and food for purchase

The Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance (BARoNA) came together in early 2014 as a coalition of organizations and individuals actively working in diverse fields to further the idea of the rights of both people and nature to well-being. BARoNA’s mission is to promote vibrant communities in the San Francisco Bay Area consistent with the rights of nature. BARoNA will officially launch members’ collective work on rights of nature with a day-long, public event on October 5th, 2014.The event will be in the Forum at Laney College centrally located in the Oakland, a short walk for Lake Merritt BART and readily accessible to public transit.

The event which will be part of the global “Earth Rights Days of Action.”

The main element of this event will be a public tribunal on the rights of nature, similar to the tribunal that took place in Ecuador in January 2014, which was hosted by the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature. BARoNA will develop, staff and hold a tribunal that considers local violations of community and environmental rights in the context of oil and gas extraction generally, and the operations of the Bay Area Chevron refinery in Richmond in particular. The tribunal will also introduce the audience to the concept of restorative justice in the context of rights of nature, and will illustrate for the public (including the media) the dynamic of co-violations of human and environmental rights. By highlighting the impacts locally on people and environment from Chevron and “Big Oil” activities, the tribunal will also place on trial the current global economic system, and its devastating impacts on the world’s ecosystems. Along with education, a goal of the tribunal is to create a platform for developing rights of nature ordinances in the Bay Area, as well as build BARoNA as a vehicle to support and strengthen local campaigns.


October 5, 2014
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance
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Laney College
900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607 United States
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