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Why Does Environmental Law Fail to Protect Our Environment?

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Why are we seemingly impotent to make changes that will reverse the devastating effects of our own actions on the ecological health of the planet? We will suggest that a significant driver of environmental degradation is environmental law itself. Environmental regulation ignores the impacts of environmental degradation on the 10+M species that are forced to share the world’s shrinking resources with us. What our environment needs is to be released from the grip of the law that purports to be devoted to its protection.

Join Heidi M. Hurd, Ross and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, on Monday, May 2 at 7 PM CST via Zoom to learn about the shortcomings of environmental law. 

A little about our speaker: Professor Heidi Hurd is a scholar and teacher in the areas of criminal law, torts, environmental law, environmental ethics, and moral, legal, and political philosophy. She received her B.A. from Queen’s University (Canada), an M.A. in Philosophy from Dalhousie University (Canada), a J.D. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California, and a mid-career Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

This program is brought to you by the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program in East Central Illinois. Our mission is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

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This event is free and open to the public. If you need reasonable accommodations, please call Randy at 217-333-7672