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Amy Balkin, Public Smog, 2004-2014, video.  Courtesy of the Artist.

Amy Balkin, Public Smog, 2004-2014, video. Courtesy of the Artist.

Events - Talks

Rights of Nature Conference

International Conference

24 Jan 2015

9.30am - 6pm 

Free, The Space 

This one day event explores the Rights of Nature from the perspectives of artistic practices, indigenous knowledge and activist engagements in the Americas and elsewhere.  Drawing from lived and theoretical frameworks that de-privilege the human and recognize the agency of non-human entities,  the conference addresses a core debate between the understanding of ecological rights deriving from legal and evidentiary frameworks and those grounded in experiential and situated struggle. 

Speakers include: Eduardo Abaroa, Subhankar Banerjee, Mabe Bethônico, Ursula Biemann, Minerva Cuevas, Cormac Cullinan, TJ Demos, Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), Jean Fisher, Gaia Foundation, Brian Holmes, Otolith Group, Fernando Palma Rodríguez, Elizabeth Peredo and Wild Law UK. 

Readings of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Summary Report for Policymakers will take place throughout the day. A performative intervention devised by artist Amy Balkin.



Philip Keynes who, since 1993, has worked in various  office- based environmental sustainability roles for Nottinghamshire County Council, including work on Local Agenda 21, climate change and currently in energy management.


Jerome Baddley is a Chartered Environmentalist and senior manager for NEP Energy Services Ltd, a Queens Award winning, charity owned Social Enterprise.

Xanthe & Astrid Baddley are nine year old twin sisters, eco-enthuasiasts and attend the Edwalton primary, one of the UKs leading Ecoschools.

Mike Peverill is Coordinator of Climate East Midlands, the regional climate change partnership, which supports local organisations to act on the causes and consequences of climate change and Director of Climate UK.


Penney Poyzer is an author, TV presenter and environmental pioneer. She is co Managing Director of Nourish Associates, and holds a Lifetime achievement award for her services to the Environment in Nottinghamshire. 


Morning session 


Afternoon session 



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