March 09, 2022

Protecting an Ecological Endowment for Posterity - March 16

Acclaimed professor Mary Wood discusses her groundbreaking paradigm in the Environmental Law Program’s Distinguished Visitor Lecture March 16.

Mary C. Wood, the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon and the founding Faculty Director of the nationally acclaimed Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, is the featured speaker for the upcoming Environmental Law Distinguished Visitor Lecture.

Professor Wood will deliver a virtual talk on her book, Nature’s Trust: Protecting An Ecological Endowment for Posterity, at 5.30p on March 16th, 2022. Nature’s Trust sets forth a new paradigm of global ecological responsibility.

Professor Wood originated the legal approach called Atmospheric Trust Litigation, now being used in cases brought on behalf of youth throughout the world, seeking to hold governments accountable to reduce carbon pollution within their jurisdictions.

She also developed a corresponding approach called Atmospheric Recovery Litigation, which holds fossil fuel companies responsible for funding an Atmospheric Recovery Plan to draw down excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere using natural climate solutions.

Professor Wood is a frequent speaker on climate issues and has received national and international attention for her sovereign trust approach to global climate policy. She is also an award-winning professor and the co-author of leading textbooks on public trust law and natural resources law. Professor Wood also works in the areas of global environmental democracy, Native environmental sovereignty, and food resilience.

To register for the lecture, please visit the event page.