The Rights of Nature: Book Launch


Thursday, September 14
Reception: 7:30 pm | Discussion: 8 pm
Free with museum admission ($10 on Thursday evenings)
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Around the globe, a powerful legal movement has been growing to support the idea that humans are not the only species with rights. Lawyers are fighting courtroom battles to protect the legally enforceable rights of chimpanzees, rivers, forests, killer whales, and more. And if nature has rights, then humans have responsibilities.

Join us for the launch of David R. Boyd’s pivotal publication on this urgent topic, The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World, followed by a conversation with David and Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Haida artist and environmental lawyer.

About the Speakers

David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer, professor, and advocate for recognition of the right to live in a healthy environment. Boyd is the award-winning author of eight books, including The Optimistic Environmentalist, and co-chaired Vancouver’s Greenest City initiative with Mayor Gregor Robertson. He lives on Pender Island, B.C.

Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson‘s life’s work and passion has been to preserve the Haida songs of her culture. Born in Haida Gwaii off the west coast of Canada, Terri-Lynn has been a performer and promoter of Haida music since the age of 13. Terri-Lynn is also a well-known lawyer representing the Haida Nation in the area of aboriginal-environmental law, and is a Principal Lawyer at White Raven Law Corporation.

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