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The Peat-Fest 2022 Program!
💥Join Radha for a discussion on Rights, Nature and Society. Radha D’Souza’s session will explore 💡The meaning of rights in liberal societies, 💡How rights mediate the relationships between nature and people, 💡Why activists who wish to change the world for the better cling on to the idea even when it has not delivered on its promises. Radha D’Souza is a critical scholar, social justice activist, barrister, and writer from India and author of 'What's Wrong With Rights? Social Movements, Law and Liberal Imaginations'. Radha lives in London and teaches law at the School of Law in University of Westminster. If you would like to watch Radha’s speech at the inauguration of the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes at Framer Framed, type this link in your browser https://tinyurl.com/2p98akc2 🔎Desired outcomes of the session are an open engagement with the issues, even if they are controversial. Creation of a friendly and informal environment of trust and intellectual curiosity for all participants. The image of the book cover for Radha D'Souza's book What's Wrong With Rights? Social Movements, Law and Liberal Imaginations published by Pluto Press in 2018. The cover is in red and black letters in bold types and does not have images.
Tuesday 30th, 13.00-14.00 CEST
🏰Join Nsah Mala’s session at Peat-Fest 2022 And discuss postcolonial ecocriticism, fortress conservation and peatlands in the Congo Basin. What is the role of literature and arts in environmental-climate discussions and practices in the Congo Basin? With the increasing global interest in the recently discovered world-largest peatlands in the basin, how does this connect to the topic of fortress conservation? Msah Mala will talk about concepts such as: 🛤environmental humanities 🔫green imperialism. Dr Kenneth Nsah, widely known under his pen name Nsah Mala, is a writer, poet, journalist, translator, and literary scholar from Cameroon, operating in English and French, and sometimes Indigenous Mbessa language. He holds a PhD in comparative literature from Aarhus University in Denmark and other degrees and certificates from universities in Cameroon, Senegal, France, UK, Spain, USA, and Germany.
Tuesday 30th, 18.00-19.00 CEST
💥Mari Margil will be presenting the session “Advancing the Rights of Nature & Peatlands” Mari is the Executive Director of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. She has worked on advancing the Rights of Nature in law in countries around the world, including within the first national constitution, Ecuador. @rightsofnature @centerforenvironmentalrights The focus of her session is 💥to provide participants with a solid understanding of the Rights of Nature 💥including where it is advancing, why and how it is advancing 💥Mari will give strategies for developing campaigns to protect the rights of peatlands
Tuesday 30th, 20.15-21.15 CEST
🌼Fernanda Olivares will give the session “Peatlands, a brief story about my origins” Fernanda is a 31 years old Selk'nam woman, happily living in Tierra del Fuego Chile. She is CEO at Hach Saye foundation and dedicates her energies to protect and strengthen both her culture and her ancestral home. In her session she will share a short description on how Selk'nam people, see, and live with peatlands, how this relationship has been for millennia, what kind of communication they have with this ancestor and how they still are able to understand each other regardless of the genocide and exile.
Tuesday 30th, 21.15-21.30 CEST
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Wednesday 31st, 15.00-17.00 CEST
📢Chihiro will be presenting on the session, ‘Decolonial organizing meets Rights of Nature’. What can you expect in this session? 💭An introduction reflecting on some of the historical and conceptual tensions that lie between different people working on Environmental Rights. 💭In particular, Chihiro will pay attention to Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisational differences 💭Space for clarifying questions 💭A practical assignment 💭Reflection and discussion on the assignment Chihiro is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, organizer, trainer with a vision to restore and re-story our relationship with Earth and each other. She is Bolivian-Dutch with Quechua ancestry born and raised in Amsterdam. Chihiro is known for training and speaking on Decolonization, Indigenous Rights, Climate Justice, Climate racism, Art & activism, Rights for Earth, Reparations, community organizing.
Wednesday 31st, 18.00-20.00 CEST
🪨 Lisa Meuser is the speaker for the session « Slowing down with Peat Moss and discovering our interdependency through emergent writing »! Lisa is a full-time student of being fully human and is deeply passionate about connecting and inter-relating, as we play and navigate with creation in empowering ways. In her work as a somatic therapist, she utilizes transformational and wisdom-based practices in supporting people with their somatic intelligence/energies. In becoming cognitively and somatically conscious as to how the oppressive dominant narrative matrix separates us from truly living, we are able consciously choose to move into, discover and remember the realms of interdependency and liberation for all. @lisameuser During Lisa’s session we will: 🪨 connect with our present moment as we slow down together 🪨 explore our relationship with Peat Moss, and other eco system kin and how the micro and the macro are always in interdependent relationship 🪨 deepen into our knowing of purpose which includes yet also moves beyond the individual, into the collective of interdynamism. If you want to learn more about Lisa’s work, you can go to http://integrativehealingnow.com!
Thursday 1st, 11.00-12.00 CEST
😬 Alastair McIntosh will talk about "The Peats and the Renewal of Community" at Peat-Fest 2022! Alastair McIntosh was raised in North Lochs, Isle of Lewis, in a culture that was deeply immersed in peat and hand-cutting "the peats". He says: “While there is today an awareness of the importance of peatland conservation and regeneration, there is also, sometimes in tension with this, an awareness that the culture of peat matters as part and parcel of people's wider connection to the land. In recent years, that connection has been renewed through community-based land reform.” @alastairmci (twitter) In his session he seeks to show how ❤️ culture ❤️ empowerment ❤️ and the restoration of both ecology and community can interweave
Thursday 1st, 15.00-15.45 CEST
📢 Khairani Barokka - Rooted Survival We are very happy to have Khairani Barokka speaking at Peat-Fest for the second year running. 🏃♀️❤️ Khairani Barokka is a writer and artist from Jakarta, whose work has been presented widely internationally, and centers disability justice as anticolonial praxis and environmental justice. The session Rooted in Survival, will be an exploration of: 🏵How all our lives are connected to peatland cosmologies in the Indonesian archipelago, 🏵The importance of language and language-ing peatlands 🏵Why indigenous sovereignty over peatlands is of utmost urgency. Her latest book is Ultimatum Orangutan (Nine Arches), shortlisted for the Barbellion Prize, which centres anti-colonialism as central to environmental justice. @mailbykite Book cover shows a dark purple background with two asymmetrical gold stripes running down the left and right sides of the frame, and a diagonal white rectangle with the words 'ULTIMATUM ORANGUTAN' and 'KHAIRANI BAROKKA' on it, in black text, separated by a small, purple stripe. The image shows a brown hand, upright with palm out, throwing purple and white energy attacks at a black-and-white bulldozer. Behind them is a purple-tinted image of Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia. Cover illustration by Khairani Barokka.
Thursday 1st, 16.00-17.00 CEST
🌱 Tara Houska will be presenting the session « Water is Life » ! Tara Houska is a citizen of Couchiching First Nation, a tribal attorney, land defender, environmental and Indigenous rights advocate, and founder of the Giniw Collective, an Indigenous women, two-spirit-led frontline resistance to defend the sacred and live in balance. She led resistance efforts to the Line 3 oil pipeline, the Dakota Access pipeline, and is heavily involved in the movement to reclaim Land Back and in defunding fossil fuels. @zhaabowekwe @giniwcollective During her talk you will be learning about and discussing intersection of land defense tactics with critical importance of centering decolonization and nature 🦫
Thursday 1st, 17.00-18.30 CEST
💫Gillian Davies + Kai Huschke will dive into the topic of Universal Declaration of the Rights of Wetlands 📜A Rights of Nature Approach to the Responding to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency In this workshop you will be introduced to the Universal Declaration of Rights of Wetlands (ROW) (www.rightsofwetlands.org) 🌟How was the Declaration developed in the context of the Rights of Nature movement? 🌟What is the global loss and degradation of wetlands including peatlands, biodiversity and our destabilizing climate? 🌟How to operationalize ROW in the context of wetland conservation and management. Rights of Nature is a concept recognized by several courts, legislatures and international governance institutions. It draws on increased understanding of belief systems and traditional practices of Indigenous Peoples & local communities (IPLC). Recognition of legal rights and living beingness of wetlands, consistent with many IPLC world views, supports life on Earth and has potential to create a paradigm shift in addressing the climate & biodiversity emergency, including continued loss of peatlands & other wetlands. Gillian Davies is Senior Ecologist/Senior Associate at BSC Group in Worcester, Massachusetts where her work focuses on climate change and wetlands. Gillian works with local communities to develop Nature-based Solutions, particularly wetland, forest and soil conservation and restoration. Kai works with community rights groups in the Western United States including Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, as well as advises on international legal rights of nature projects.
Thursday 1st, 18.30-19.30 CEST
🌟Ben Price is hosting the session, ‘The Place of Community and people in the Rights of Nature Movement’. Ben Price is part of The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund - CELDF - whose mission includes the Rights of Nature and Community Rights, seeing them as inextricably linked. This session explores the human-nature dichotomy and how law interacts with this, as well as how this feeds into alienation and lack of connection with one another. “ Placing Nature at the center of our world view and returning human communities to their natural context seems the best way to resolve past cultural errors and begin to heal our lost right-relation to the world and each other.” For this session CELDF would like participants to engage with them to explore opportunities for advancing Community Rights and Rights of Nature where they live. Ben Price has nearly two decades of experience organizing communities across the United States to challenge state and federal legalization of corporate assaults against people and their environments. Most recently, he drafted Rights of Nature legislation introduced into the New York state General Assembly for the 2022 legislative session. Ben participated in the founding of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (Ecuador, 2010), and authored the book “How Wealth Rules the World: Saving Our Communities and Freedoms from the Dictatorship of Property.”
Friday 2nd, all afternoon CEST
🎪The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Youth Hub will be hosting Day 4 of Peat-Fest! 🏵Firstly they’ll be hosting Rights of Nature Approaches Around the World, a panel discussion where 5 members of GARN will discuss GARN’s work, the evolution of Rights of Nature legal approaches around the world, Rights of Nature tribunals, and lessons learned. Joining the panel will be: Somabha Bandopadhay, Sarah Pritchett and Lauren Tarr from the GARN Youth Hub, Alex Foulger-Fort from the GARN Legal Hub, and Natalia Greene from the GARN Executive Committee. Secondly, they’ll be hosting Drafting Rights of Peatlands Policies, a workshop where GARN members will assist participants in 1) evaluating existing peatland policies, 2) practising writing using ecocentric language, and 3) brainstorming next steps for Rights of Peatlands policies. This is the perfect chance to learn about the Rights of Nature movement, engage with youth who are working on the topic and put the ideas to practise!
Saturday 3rd, All Day global
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Saturday 3rd, 15.00-18.00
🏵Join Melissa and Joshua for a screening of the Rights of Nature film INVISIBLE HAND, the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature Movement. Following the film, Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic will join us for a discussion. The documentary asks: "Who will speak for Nature?" . Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic are award-winning investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers who co-founded Public Herald in 2011. Since then, they've published bombshell reports uncovering environmental injustice related to fracking development in the U.S., as well as three documentaries about the impacts from fossil fuel extraction in sensitive watersheds, the collusion between industry and government, and the potential solutions to shift power away from corporations into the hands of people and ecosystems.
Saturday 3rd, 18.00-19.00
🐦We are thrilled to introduce our next speaker: Merlyn Driver who will host the session « Curlew Sounds » Merlyn Driver is a musician, creative producer and nature enthusiast. He is director of the environmentally-focused music exchange programme, Making Tracks, and his most recent project is an album for curlews, released in partnership with the RSPB. @merlyndriver During his workshop Merlyn will: 🪶 provide a guided audio tour of curlew sounds through their breeding season 🪶 comment about where the sounds were recorded 🪶 Share some facts about curlews The sounds featured were recorded in 2021 for the critically-acclaimed album 'Simmerdim: Curlew Sounds' - a collection of new music and soundscapes released to raise money and awareness for the endangered curlew, in partnership with the RSPB.
Sunday 4th, 10.00-10.45
❤️Community Ownership of Peatlands Magnus Davidson will join us from Scotland, UK! During this session we will: 🤝Find out about current examples of community ownership in Scotland 🤝Examine the potential of more community ownership in the future. 🤝Set out the ways in which peatlands can deliver greater social, economic, environmental, and cultural benefits under community ownership and tenure. Magnus is a Research Associate with the University of the Highlands and Island’s Environmental Research Institute, based in Thurso, Scotland’s most northerly mainland town. A native of the Highlands, his work focuses on setting out a new vision for 21st rural Scotland which works for both people and nature and reverses centuries of depopulation and ecological degradation. Image alt text: An old croft house sits next to a road that runs through the peatlands of Caithness in Scotland. The image showcases decay of infrastructure but the light is hopeful. @DavidsonMagnus
Sunday 4th, 11.00-11.45 CEST
📢 Join Philipp Gramlich and discuss network building and campaign promotion! Do you want to bring a topic into the public sphere because you believe this will make a difference? Great. However, at the beginning of the process, you often feel like you’re alone on this path and that no one will listen to you anyway. In this session, we’ll discuss how you can build a network of people who give you advice or even actively help your cause. Learn how to: communicate with various audiences use multipliers of your message like 🗞newspapers, 📻radio and 📺TV. Philipp earns his money with Science Communication (NaturalScience.Careers). This key skill has been the basis for turfvrij.nl, an NGO he co-founded together with Karin Bodewits. Together, they have triggered a motion in the Dutch Parliament, which aims to find a path to a national peat reduction strategy. Currently, they are involved in discussions on how this motion can be put into practice. For those who are interested, you can check their website turfvrij.nl or check their posts on LinkedIn or Instagram.
Sunday 4th, 13.00-14.00 CEST
Teresa Vincente Giménez will introduce you to Europe's first ecosystem with legal personhood!
Sunday 4th, 16.00-18.00 CEST
🌼Amira Hanafi - our speaker for the session “Building a Vocabulary for Change” on Peat-Fest 2022! Amira Hanafi is a poet, cultural worker, and artist working with language as a material. Their works have been shown widely online and in offline spaces around the world. @languagings In their interactive, online workshop she invites participants to 🌼 build and give meaning to a lexicon of terms to describe the change they would like to see in the world 🌼 play language and meaning-making games in a casual, collaborative online space 🌼 contribute to the CreaTures Glossary—an open, fluid, polyvocal collection of terms and definitions—using a set of digital tools for co-writing
Sunday 4th, 18.30-20.30
🥰Join RE-PEAT team members, Frankie & Swantje and Venice Agreement organisers from @ensayostierradelfuego! ‘Post-Venice-Agreement meets PeatFest 2022’🤝 This workshop recalls the learnings from the Venice Agreement and applies them to the outcomes of Peat-Fest 2022. What can you expect from this session? A short review of the Venice Agreement, an initiative that sets a new standard for the valuation and practice of protecting and restoring our planet’s peatlands at the local level. This will include mention of the process and the impact on the participants, including how it is shaping RE-PEAT’s work A workshop on how the learnings and methods from the Venice Agreement can be applied to the work at Peat-Fest. Throughout the festival, there will be collective notetaking, which will be explored in this session. Afterwards, there will be a co-created & fully visualised summary of the 6 days As well as being part of RE-PEAT, Swantje is a young peatland journalist interested in storytelling and the intersection between science and communication, while Frankie works somewhere between art and activism. The session will also feature members of the Ensayos collective, creators of the Venice Agreement, as well as some of the other Venice Agreement participants.