Join students and faculty in UF Law’s Environmental, Land Use and Real Estate Program for the 26th annual Public Interest Environmental Conference in at the UF Law Campus in Gainesville, Feb. 6 – 8th.  Registration is free for UF faculty and students but you must register in advance and the banquet is a separate fee.

This year’s theme is a nod to the growing grass roots interest in the “Rights of Nature,“ and its expression in theory and application.   The opening reception will take place in the Florida Museum of Natural History with a keynote address by renowned scientists, Doug and Pat Soltis, part of a team harnessing big data, super computers and DNA sequencing to construct “The Tree of Life,”     

After the stage setting plenary session of Friday morning, panels include:

  • From Shoreline to Stateline: the Marine and Estuarine Policy Scene
  • Unnatural Disasters I: We’ve Been Slimed!
  • Making Sense of Sentience: The Progressive Development of Animal Welfare
  • It’s a Great State, If We Can Keep It: Florida’s Waterkeepers Speak
  • Unnatural Disasters II: The Human Cost
  • All Creatures Great and Small: The Right to Exist, Persist and Thrive
  • When Corridors Collide: Who Pays the Toll?
  • Defending the Biosphere through Agricultural Policy

Fridays’ lunchtime roundtable will feature 4 new UF Law faculty whose work lies at the intersection of “Climate And…” – And Insurance, And Poverty, And Corporate Securities, And National Security.

Friday’s evening’s banquet continues the Conference’s exploration of the Rights of Nature with a keynote address by Thomas Linzey, Esg., Co-founder and Senior Legal Counsel for the Community Environmental Defense Fund.

Saturday’s workshop will be devoted to  citizens and communities seeking to establish rights for nature through political and policy processes in Florida and elsewhere.

The Conference will conclude with a special treat: a visual and verbal exploration of Florida’s environmental history by Florida’s unofficial “historian laureate,” Dr. Gary Mormino, author of “Land of Sunshine: State of Dreams,” and Photographer John Moran, whose photos of natural Florida have inspired both awe and action,  becoming quite literally “Exhibit A.”

For more information and to register visit: https://ufpiec.org/