the balancing act


FORUM2023 Earth Democracy and the Rights of Nature

Thursday 12 October, 2023
10am – 12:30pm ET /Online Event

With Chief Arvol Looking Horse, His Holiness the Sakya Trichen, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, Matthew Fox, and speakers from the UN, the White House, the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, the Religious Naturalism Movement and messages from Indigenous leaders on the Rights of Nature from around the world. 

Registration is free for the online international FORUM.

Donations are gratefully accepted by the Temple of Understanding.

Keynote addresses
  • Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
  • His Holiness Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche (The Sakya Trichen)
  • Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in India and President of Navdanya International
  • Bill McKibben, Contributing writer to The New Yorker, Founder of Third Act
Perspectives on the Rights of Nature
  • Dr. David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
  • Matthew Fox, Author, spiritual theologian, Episcopal priest, activist for gender justice and eco-justice
  • Prof. Azza Karam, Member United Nation’s Secretary General High Level Advisory Board on Multilateralism: Professor of Religion and Development, Vrije Universitiet, Amsterdam; Secretary General Emerita of Religions for Peace International
Dialogues on the Rights of Nature
  • Prof. Ursula Goodenough, Professor of Biology Emerita at Washington University and author of The Sacred Depths of Nature (Oxford, 2023)
  • Dr. Robin Kimmerer, plant ecologist, writer and SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York
  • Dr. Carol Wayne White, Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Bucknell University
  • Mari Margil, Executive Director of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
  • Shrawan Kumar Sharma, Nepal Associate of Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Messages on Earth Democracy from around the world
  • Eric Fejo, Founding Chair, Durra Larrakia Daraniki, Australia
  • Jerome Foster II, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Member
  • Safaira Baba Tagivuni, Executive Director, Grace Trifam Ministry, Fiji
  • Dr. Wanjiru Kamau, Founder, African Immigrant & Refugees Foundation, Kenya
  • Bonifacio Machacca Florez, Q’ero, Peru
Prayers for our world offered by
  • Prof Ephraim Isaac, Director of the Institute of Semitic Studies at Princeton University; Chair of the Board, Ethiopian Peace and Development Center
  • Dr Karan Singh, International Chairman of the Temple of Understanding
  • Carole Vandal, Wampanoag Tribal Elder, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Elected Commissioner-Aquinnah

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