How law can save the Earth

The Enlightenment gave us fundamental rights and freedom. Unfortunately, we have used these rights mainly to exploit and dominate the natural world, helped along by a legal system which sees the Earth as property. Fortunately, Earth Lawyers around the world are now standing up, using law as a tool to heal our relationship with the Earth and restoring what has been damaged. I invite you to join them in supporting their cause. 
Femke received her LL.M. in International Law from the Free University (Amsterdam) in 2003. After graduating she worked at the University of Amsterdam for 4 years, doing research in the fields of International Law and Constitutional Law, which included a research visit to the Freie Universitat Berlin in 2006. Between 2008-2013 she worked at The American Book Center Amsterdam and Amsterdam FM radio, organising lectures, book signings and a monthly book club. She interviewed national and international authors on her weekly radio show “Samen”, a platform for positive news. 

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SOURCE: How law can save the Earth. | Femke Wijdekop | TEDxHaarlem. TEDx Talks. Published on June 1, 2015.