Free lunchtime talk: Earth Rights

You are invited to a free Lunchtime Soapbox talk entitled:

Earth Rights – an idea whose time has come? by Cormac Cullinan

Noted environmental lawyer Cormac Cullinan will present a discusssion of the emerging global movement to recognise rights for Earth/ Mother Earth/ Nature and its potential to unify a broad-range of organisations working for social and environmental justice to address the fundamental causes of symptoms such as climate change, desertification, water and the conflict over “natural resources”.

In less than two years Ecuador has adopted a constitution recognising rights for nature and a People’s World Conference attended by over 35 000 people proclaimed a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and called for a global movement which is beginning to form.

Cormac Cullinan is a practising environmental attorney and author. He is a director of the leading South African environmental law firm, Cullinan & Associates Inc, and Chief Executive Officer of EnAct International, an environmental governance consultancy. A former anti-apartheid activist and a London-based commercial lawyer, he has practised, taught and written about environmental law and policy since 1992 and has worked in more than 20 countries. He has lectured and written widely on governance issues related to human interactions with the environment and is notable for authoring a book, Wild Law, as well as several works commissioned and published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

A delicious and affordable (from R35) brown bag lunch will be on sale at the venue.

Date: Thursday 28 October

Time: 12:45 for 13:00pm

Venue: Lobby Books, Cape Town Democracy Center, 6 Spin Street

Contact: Andreas Spath at or 021 467 7606

Parking options:
Street parking in the area is safe.
Parking garages open to the public in the area include:

  • Plein Park (Plein Street; to get to the entrance, turn off Plein Street into Barrack Street and then into Corporation Street).
  • Mandela Rhodes Place (entrance in Burg Street, off Wale Street).

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