Have you heard of the University of Oregon’s Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), also affectionately called “E.Law”? For 39 years, it’s been an international gathering of environmental lawyers, activists, educators, organizers, students, sharing with, and learning from, each other. Like many attendees, the conference is part of my annual cycle. Since first attending in 1998, I’d only missed it once until last year when it was abruptly cancelled because of the novel coronavirus.
Now I am glad to report that next week, March 1-7, PIELC is back! While the annual ritual of coming together will look different, I’m glad that there will still be the opportunity to to learn, laugh, and cry together. The full week’s events are listed here with more added every day.
We are particularly excited about the following sessions in which Bark staff and our close allies are presenting. All events are free and open to the public.
- Monday, March 1, 5:30 PM To Defend A Forest, Go See What’s There!
- Tuesday, March 2, 5:30 PM Protecting Mature and Old Growth Forests for Climate and Biodiversity
- Friday, March 5, 1 PM Forever 21? Trump’s Attacks on Eastern Oregon
- Saturday, March 6, 3 PM Making Sense of Oregon’s 2020 Fire Season
It’s also a great time to learn about other issues and campaigns outside of Oregon! Bark Staff’s top picks include:
- Wednesday, March 3, 12 noon: Human Rights at the US/Mexico Border
- Sunday, March 7, 11 AM: Sacred Obligation vs. Settler Conservation: The Endangered Species Act as a Tool of Possession
Hope to see you there!
Brenna Bell, Bark Staff Attorney and Policy Coordinator
P.S. Join us for Bark’s first Ecology Club to kick off the year: Northwest Conifers! What clues do these native trees teach us about the local forests?
[Disclaimer for BIPOC: This year, the conference has much less to offer on environmental justice topics than we’ve seen in past years.]