Saturday, February 10 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Should Rivers Have Rights? Case Study: Colorado River vs. State of Colorado

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The American legal system can take a good step toward protecting us all – human and nonhuman alike – by granting ecosystems like the Colorado River rights and allowing communities to sue on these ecosystems’ behalf. When standing is recognized on behalf of ecosystems themselves, environmental law will reflect a conception of legal “causation” that is more friendly to the natural world than it is to the corporations destroying the natural world. At a time when the effects of technology are outpacing science’s capacity to research these effects, injured individuals and communities often have difficulty proving that corporate actions are the cause of their injuries. 

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Fred Gibson, PhD

Core Member, Colorado River Rights of Nature
Fred Gibson is an organizational psychologist working to enhance the effectiveness of groups dedicated to preserving the natural world, especially in the American Southwest. In addition to serving as a core member of Colorado River Rights of Nature, Fred is a Board Member of Prairie... Read More →

Saturday February 10, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm MST