Upcoming events

Previous events

April 29, 2021 5:30-7:30: Conversation Cafe with SJC organizations about contributing Rights of Nature language to the comprehensive plan.

March 4, 2021 5:30-7pm: Conversation Cafe – A Bill of Rights for San Juan County. 

We hosted a Conversation Cafe on Thursday March 4th 5:30-7pm to discuss ideas for a County Charter Bill of Rights, including Rights of the Salish Sea.
The questions we discussed included:
  • Do county residents need a stronger voice in how we address climate change and the further degradation of all the beautiful wildness that surrounds us?
  • Could a Bill of Rights that includes Rights of Nature language in the Home Rule Charter be a way for us to state our values, protect ourselves, and protect the natural world around us in the face of these threats?
You can watch a recording of the event here

December 9, 10, 16, & 17 from 6-8:30pm The Virtual Democracy School program is a stimulating and illuminating virtual course that teaches residents and activists an empowering new approach about how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single-issue work – such as opposing fracking, overdevelopment, and pesticides, or advocating for worker rights, housing access, and protecting water – in a way that we can confront corporate control and government interference on a powerful front: the people’s right of local self-governance and Nature’s rights.

You can find out more about the event.

October 13, 6-7:30pm: Online panel discussion on “Protecting the Salish Sea in the Time of Covid-19“, co-sponsored by Community Rights San Juan Islands (CRSJI) and the Lopez Library.

WA State 40th District Representative – Alex Ramel
WA State 40th District Representative – Debra Lekanoff
Marine Protection and Policy Director Friends of the San Juans – Lovel Pratt
Port Angeles City Council Member and CELDF Attorney – Linsey Schromen-Wawrin
SEADOC Scientist – Dr. Joe Gaydos
Salish Sea Activist, musician, and Lopezian – Kurtis Dengler

Click here for more information and wach the recording.

October 13-16: Australian Earth Laws Alliance Rights of Nature 2020 Online Conference

This conference invites participants to share research and project updates, and work together to progress collaborative projects. This year’s conference will bring together First Nations peoples, legal experts and legal practitioners from around the Asia Pacific region (via zoom). It will also bring ocean rights and law of the sea experts together with Earth laws experts focused on terrestrial land and biodiversity management.

Rights of Nature, Earth jurisprudence and Caring for Country – an Australian approach to Earth laws

 September 29: A Movement’s Voice in the Rebellion: Growing a Rights of Nature Movement, featuring Kira Kelley, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, Will Falk, and Karen Hoffman.

September 29, 2019: Shining our Light on Mother Earth, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 1-4pm.

September 28, 2019: Salish Sea Dance, Lopez Island Community Center, 7pm – ?. Featuring music by Symbiant.

September 27, 2019: Action to support Sacred Sea, One Mind for Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea), Blaine, WA.

September 22: Seeds of Resistance Webinar: Indigenous-led Rights of Nature on Turtle Island This webinar shared the experiences of those tribes who have recognized Rights of Nature in tribal law with each other; those experiences with others considering this path; and explored Indigenous-led experiences regarding the rights of the waters.

May 3-5, 2019Earth Repair Conference, Port Townsend, WA.

May 24-26, 2019: Rights of Nature Conference, Sidney, BC.

February 2, 2019: Sound Waters University, Langley, WA.

December 4, 2018Community Rights Workshop, Lopez Library, Lopez Island. Click here for a detailed syllabus.

December 5, 2018Rights for the Salish Sea: Q&A, San Juan Island Library, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

December 5, 2018Rights for the Salish Sea: The Why and How, Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound, Orcas Island. Click here for a meeting outline.

October 27, 2017Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law – Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles, New Orleans, LA. The Symposium brought together key leaders in the Rights of Nature movement – from Ecuador, Nepal, the United States, Australia, and Sweden, as well as from local communities and tribal nations.