Normandy Chair for Peace – Making peace with Nature – Mohonk Day 2

An International Peace Conference at the Mohonk Mountain House
In Cooperation with
The International Council of Environmental Law
And the Global Center for Environmental Law of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

18-21 April at Mohonk

UNEP Report “Making Peace with Nature”


Tuesday, April 19th

  • 10:00 – 13:00 –  The Rights Based Approach – The capacity of rights to up-end « business as usual » Environmental Degradation  – Why and how ? In what context ?
    • A Transcultural Appoach to rights of nature, [people, and future generations
    • Humanitarian Law – From the Martens Clause to ICRC to IUCN’s Amman the Amman Clause (The lessions of wars, including the Ukraine War) 
    • The UN Human Right to the Environment (77th Session UN General Assembly)
    • Basic Rights to Water, to air, to food, to cultural heritage
    • Indigenous Rights – Renouncing the “Doctrine of Discovery”
    • Rights of Nature and Pace Mama – Restoring “Mother Nature” to find “Harmony with Nature”
    • New York’s Constitution’s Bill of Rights, Article 1, Clause 19 : The right to clean air and water and a healthful environment (adopted 2 November 2021)

Luncheon Break – Informal discussions among participants 

  • 15:00 – 17:00 – « Making Peace with the Earth » – Launching transformative, practical change (now, despite heads winds like ignorance, political opposition, lack of funds, and other kindred excuses)  
    • Stabilizing human/Nature relations across 70% of the Earth (Peace Parks ; wildlife corridors ; « One Health » & zoonosis; WCPA & subnational actions (Grand Traverse des Alpes and Adironack/Catskill/Shawangunks examples) 
    • Planting 4 billion trees and other plants
    • Humanizing the urban environment as habitat for all (food, water, shelter)
    • Restoring ecosystems (e.g., Manila Bay)
    • Relearning insights of Indigenous wisdom – scaling up costewardship across the Earth – Lessons from the South Pacific and elsewhere
    • How to navigate the United Nations system and strengthen international cooperation – Biodiversity as the essential pathway to Climate Stabilization (in contrast to the techno-fix and GHG emission and energy policy approaches)

Dinner Break – Informal discussions among participants 

Evening Program – Unleashing a powerful force for Stimulating  Earthcare Through The «  Good Stories » Movement : Becoming Good Ancestors for Future Generations – What good stories have emerged from discussions in this Conference’s previous five sessions ? What sources for more Good Stories might be enlisted?  How do good stories « go viral ? » (Guided Discussion)

April 19th at Mohonk Conferences report

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