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November 19, 2008

Professor Mary Wood Speaks on Climate Crisis and the Law November 21

Professor Mary WoodPhilip H. Knight Professor of Law Mary Wood will participate in the Environmental Professors Speaker Series, sponsored by Environmental Planners and Policymakers (EPP), from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 21, at Hendricks Hearth, located on the first floor of Hendricks Hall, 1408 University St.

Professor Wood’s discussion, “Government’s Atmospheric Trust Obligation,” will describe how environmental law has brought us to the brink of ecological collapse and will offer a paradigm shift based on government’s public trust obligation to protect natural resources for present and future generations. She draws upon the trust principle to create a framework of carbon reduction applicable from the local global levels.

Professor Wood is the founding director of Oregon Law’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program and is faculty leader of the program’s Conservation Trust Project, Sustainable Land Use Project, and Native Environmental Sovereignty Project. She is a frequent speaker on global warming issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy. Professor Wood currently is working on a book titled, Nature’s Trust: A Legal Paradigm for Protecting Land and Natural Resources for Future Generations.

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