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Executive Committee and Staff

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
Executive Committee Members

Maude Barlow, Council of CanadiansMaude Barlow, National Chairperson
Council of Canadians (www.canadians.org)
Canada

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude is the recipient of eleven honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever.

Council of Canadians / Le Conseil des Canadiens

Cormac Cullinan LLB, LLM – Director
Enact International (www.Enact-International.com)
South Africa

Cormac Cullinan is an author, practising environmental attorney and governance expert who has worked on environmental governance issues in more than 20 countries. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa and is a director of a specialist environmental and green business law firm (www.cullinans.co.za) and of the governance consultancy, EnAct International (www.enact-international.com ).

His groundbreaking book “Wild Law A Manifesto for Earth Justice” has played a significant role in informing and inspiring a growing international movement to recognise rights for Nature. In 2008 he was included in Planet Savers. 301 Extraordinary Environmentalists, a book that profiles environmentalists throughout history. At the invitation of Bolivia, Cormac spoke at the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth which was proclaimed on 22 April 2010 by the People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia. In September 2010 he played a leading role in establishing a Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Alliance.

EnAct International

Natalia Greene, Fundacion PachamamaNatalia Greene
Rights of Nature Consultant
Ecuador

Natalia is a climate change activist based in Ecuador. Natalia works as a Rights of Nature consultant among Ecuadorian NGOs. She was actively involved in the recent Constitution process in Ecuador, particularly with the ‘Rights to Nature’ clause and the role of civil society and indigenous people in the process. The Ecuadorian constitution is the first in the world’s history to grant legal rights to nature, and to allow individuals to sue on nature’s behalf in courts.

Natalia collaborates with the environmental and indigenous aspects of the Yasuni-ITT Initiative that the Ecuadorian government promotes to leave the petroleum of the biodiverse Yasuni National Park permanently underground, notably encouraging the participation of indigenous people as the real stakeholders.

Bill Twist, CEO and Co-Founder, The Pachamama AllianceBill Twist, CEO and Co-Founder
The Pachamama Alliance (www.Pachamama.org)
United States

Bill Twist is one of the co-founders of The Pachamama Alliance and serves as its chief executive officer.

Bill has been the president of The Pachamama Alliance since 1996. Prior to The Pachamama Alliance, Bill had an extensive background in business. He worked in management consulting, equipment leasing and financial services industries since 1970. Bill has an undergraduate degree in engineering and a masters degree in business administration.

The Pachamama Alliance

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva, Founder
Navdanya www.Navdanya.org
India

Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist, and eco feminist. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books and over 500 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Among her books are Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development; and Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis. She was trained as a physicist and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundación IDEAS, Spain’s Socialist Party’s think tank.

She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.

Navdanya

Michelle MaloneyMichelle Maloney, Convenor
Australian Earth Laws Alliance (www.earthlaws.org.au)
Griffith University
Australia

Michelle Maloney (BA/LLB (Hons) ANU) is an environmental lawyer and activist currently working on international and national cooperative research projects at the Griffith Climate Change Response Program in Queensland, Australia. Michelle is Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Wild Law Alliance (AWLA) and is on the Managing Committee of the Queensland Environmental Defender’s Office. She is a PhD Candidate at the Griffith University’s Socio-Legal Research Centre and her research interests include Earth Jurisprudence, sustainable consumption and environmental justice.

Australian Earth Laws Alliance was formerly Australia Wild Law Alliance.

Australian Earth Laws Alliance

Carine Nadal, Gaia FoundationCarine Nadal, Earth Law Officer
Gaia Foundation (www.gaiafoundation.org)
Europe

Carine Nadal is a passionate advocate of Earth Law. She works for the Gaia Foundation as Earth Law Support Officer, providing legal research and advocacy support to indigenous communities and networks, particularly in Africa, for the revival, practice and legal recognition of customary governance systems based on Earth Jurisprudence (EJ)/ Earth Law principles.

She has developed Gaia’s Earth Jurisprudence Learning Centre and numerous training materials, contributing to the Gaia-UKELA Wild Law Report. Carine advocates for the respect of Earth Law, Rights of Nature and recognition of Sacred Natural Sites and Territories in diverse forums, including the World Wilderness Congress, co-drafting Resolutions 11 and 12 on No Go Areas for mining. She also provides talks and workshops on EJ, and is training to be a Forest School Leader to facilitate children’s connection with Nature and their responsibilities as Earth citizens.

Carine is a member of the Wild Law UK committee, the IUCN – TILCEPA, and has previously provided research support to the Environmental Law Foundation, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and IUCN.

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Staff

Robin R. Milam
Administrative Director

+1 530 272-4322

Administrative Director, Robin Milam is a social entrepreneur with a broad business and internet marketing background.  Her business experience includes strategic planning and business systems development for IBM, American Express, and AirTouch Communications.

Robin’s passion is re-aligning human consciousness and restoring natural balance through the worldwide implementation of Rights of Nature. As a global advocate for the Alliance, Robin organizes and hosts Rights of Nature events around the world including the 2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit and Ethics Tribunal in Ecuador, and sessions in the United Nations’ and People’s Summits at the Earth Summit 2012/Rio+20 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil June 2012 and the 2011 UN Convention on Climate Change (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.

Robin participated in the 2010 People’s Conference on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia and stood with 35,000 people to acclaim the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth. Robin is spearheading a global grassroots Rights of Mother Earth campaign to present 1,000,000 signatures calling forth the universal acceptance of Rights of Mother Earth. She and colleagues presented 120,000 signatures to UN Secretary General at the Earth Summit 2012/Rio+20 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.