Later this week, from March 8th through the 10th, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, the University's Levin College of Law will be holding its twelfth annual Public Interest Environmental Conference, or PIEC, which focuses this year on the environment and its importance to future generations. For this conference, the PIEC is teaming up with the Association of Environmental Law Societies and the Center for Children's Literature and Culture which produces these radio programs and other projects in the public sphere.
This major, interdisciplinary conference is the nation's first attempt to bring together experts and ideas from the humanities, law, policy, and environmental concerns with a special emphasis on the effects of what we often think of as adult matters on the lives of young people. As Professor Alyson Flournoy, the director of the University's Environmental and Land Use Law Program and one of the organizers of the conference puts it, "we are focusing on intergenerational equity and conserving our resources for the future." A central part of the discussion at the conference will involve water, a natural resource that is universally important not just to Florida but to the rest of the country and the ecologies and populations of the world, whether old or young.
The featured speakers at the conference include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and the author of works for adults like Crimes Against Nature and of a recent book for children, St. Francis of Assisi: A Life of Joy. Richard Louv, author of 101 Things You Can Do for Our Children's Future and Childhood's Future will talk about his new book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Other key-note presenters are Phillippe Cousteau, the grandson of Jacques Cousteau and President of Earth Echo International, and Carol Browner, the former Administrator for the Evironmental Protection Agency and the chairperson of the National Audubon Society. You'll be hearing more about the featured speakers later this week, and you can find out more about the conference on our website at www.recess.ufl.edu. And it's still not too late to find a way to Gainesville for the conference. This meeting represents, in the words of Dan Worth, the Executive Director of the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, "an amazing opportunity to bring together a diverse community around common environmental issues of concern."
Copyright 2006© John Cech
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