Robert Fireovid, research biochemist and MNPS member, will host a DVD presentation by two internationally renowned environmental lawyers - Cormac Cullinan and Thomas Linzey - speaking eloquently about conferring legal rights to ecosystems. This talk, which was given last spring at a special St. Thomas University School of Law colloquium on the topic, presents a new environmental jurisprudence that gives natural ecosystems legal rights (or standing). Mr. Cullinan wrote the book, Wild Law about these concepts; and Thomas Berry wrote the book's forward. Mr. Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund has helped municipalities in Pennsylvania pass ordinances conferring rights to ecosystems. A discussion will follow the presentation.
There will be a mailing party before the meeting, starting at 6:30pm. Volunteers are welcome - the more helping hands, the merrier!
Location: White Oak Library - Large Meeting Room
Directions: Exit the Washington Beltway at New Hampshire Ave (exit 28). Go north about 2 miles. The library is the first building on the right, once you have passed under Route 29, just after the Sears store.
There will be refreshments and door prizes. Pot luck refreshments are always welcome.
The meeting is open to non-members.
Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of each month.
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