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College of Law hosts national environmental law conference

Loyola press release - March 1, 2010

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Loyola Environmental Law Society will host the 23rd annual conference for the National Association of Environmental Law Societies, March 4-7, 2010. The conference is titled, “Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change on the Gulf and Beyond.”

NAELS is a coalition of more than 50 law student groups that aims to connect, educate and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders. NAELS is run by an annually-elected student governing board of its members, a board of directors and an executive director. This “solutions” conference will bring environmental scholars and experts together to explore adaptation to climate change and how people can live sustainably in the 21st century and beyond through environmental law.

This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder,” and founder of the Children & Nature Network. The network was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. Louv will speak on Friday, March 5 at 6:15 p.m. in Monroe Hall’s Nunemaker Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Louv is an author and journalist focused on nature, family and community. “Last Child in the Woods” has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature, and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere. He has written for several newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal by the National Audubon Society.

The College of Law will also host a special screening of the film, “Tapped,” on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in room 405. “Tapped” examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution and reliance on oil. The screening is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Tulane Environmental Law Society.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity give back during a service trip on Thursday, March 4 at 10 a.m. The service trip is part of the One Million Trees Project, Right Tree for the Right Place at the Right Time. This project, hosted by Bayou Rebirth, is a call to the legal community to plant one million trees over the next five years. The location is to be announced. On Sunday, March 7 at 10 a.m., the conference will conclude with a field trip to the Lower 9th Ward, led by Darryl Malik-Wiley, Sierra Club environmental justice organizer. Stops include visits to homes built by the Make it Right Foundation and Global Green. The cost is $15, and lunch is included.

Other panels which are free and open to the public are “No Place like Home: Environmental Justice on the Front Lines of Climate Change,” on Friday, March 5 at 10:15 a.m., and “Staying Afloat: Adapting to Climate Change of the Gulf and Beyond,” on Saturday, March 6 at 9:30 a.m. Both panels take place in the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center.

Continuing Legal Education credit hours are available for attorneys on Friday and Saturday.

For questions or a full schedule of speakers and events, visit here or e-mail the Loyola Environmental Law Society at els@loyno.edu.