Thursday, February 13, 2020

Rights of Nature

Join us on Thursday, February 27th at 7 PM for a presentation by attorney and law professor Mel Martin on the Rights of Nature.

Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights. It is the recognition that our ecosystems – including trees, oceans, animals, and mountains – have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world. It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined.

Melissa ("Mel") Martin hails from Longwood, Florida, just outside Wekiwa Springs State Park. After a charmed Central Florida childhood, she attended and graduated from the US Naval Academy, and commissioned in the US Marine Corps. She served as a Marine officer and judge advocate after graduating from Barry University School of Law, retiring in 2014 as a Major. She, her husband and three boys then settled in Cocoa to establish roots and serve community needs. She has been active in advocacy efforts for the Indian River Lagoon, clean water, sustainability, public lands and rights of nature and currently teaches as an adjunct law professor at Barry Law.

The meeting is free and open to the public. The room opens at 6:30 pm, and we start at 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place at our usual location, Unitarian Universalist Friendship Fellowship Center, 3115 Friendship Place, off U.S. 1, just north of Suntree Blvd.