|World Premier of Our Film|
This coming Wednesday is the premier of an exciting new short film that our Tribunal and Bearing Witness team has created over the past several months. It is a rich and powerful story based on the testimony and court rulings from the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. See the registration information below (the launch is free but you do have to register). When you do register, even if you can’t watch next Wednesday evening, you can watch the launch and the film later.
We hope to see you there.
|Spring Creek Project’s first documentary film, Bedrock Rights: A New Foundation for Global Action Against Fracking and Climate Change, premieres next Wednesday on June 2. We’re pleased to announce that Sandra Steingraber and Mary Wood will be joining us as special guests for a conversation after the screening. Read on to learn more about the film and event, and click here to register. We hope you’ll join us and invite your friends and colleagues.|
Climate change is of course a scientific and technological problem, but it is fundamentally a problem of environmental justice, threatening to be the greatest violation of human rights the world has ever seen. The film shows how the lens of human rights can transform the world’s view of climate change and fracking and empower new global action.
The film features:
Poetry by Debra Marquart, a writer, singer, and teacher who has taught writing workshops in Bakken oil field communities most affected by frackingInterviews with Tom Kerns and Kathleen Dean Moore, co-editors of the new book Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate ChangeStories from people on the front lines of frackingComments from environmental justice activists, including Sandra Steingraber and Jacqueline PattersonKey points from the advisory opinion of the Permanent People’s Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking, and Climate Change
After the screening, we’ll host a celebration with the film’s collaborators and a conversation with two human rights thought-leaders, Sandra Steingraber and Mary Wood.
|Sandra Steingraber is a biologist, author, and anti-fracking activist who serves as senior scientist for the Science and Environmental Health Network. Steingraber is an expert on the human health impacts of environmental conditions, especially related to fracking. She co-founded New Yorkers Against Fracking and serves as Science Advisor to Americans Against Fracking. She is the author of several books, including Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment.|
Mary Wood is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and the Faculty Director of the law school’s nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center. She is an award-winning professor and the co-author of leading textbooks on public trust law and natural resources law. Her book, Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, sets forth a new paradigm of global ecological responsibility. She originated the legal approach called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, now being used in cases brought on behalf of youth throughout the world, seeking to hold governments accountable for carbon pollution.
Film Premiere Event
Wednesday, June 2, 6 p.m. PST
Free and open to everyone
Click here to register
The film premiere event will be hosted by the Spring Creek Project and co-sponsored by 350 Seattle, 350 Vermont, Alaska Institute for Justice, Beyond Toxics, Center for Humans & Nature, Coalition to Protect New York, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal, Post Carbon Institute, Protect the Bush Alliance, Rogue Climate, and the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
|Dr Tom Kerns, Founder/Director, Environment and Human Rights Advisory|
Co-organizer, Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change
Founder/Director, Youth Climate Courts
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, North Seattle College
Online course: Environment and Human Rights
Books: Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights
With Kathleen Dean Moore: Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change, 2021