E-LAW at Fifteen
2005 E-LAW Annual Meeting, Yachats, Oregon
This year the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide is celebrating 15 years of high-impact victories for environmental justice around the globe! We kicked off this year`s celebrations on May 2 with an evening featuring 2006 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Olya Melen of Environment-People-Law (EPL) in Ukraine. This was Olya`s first public appearance after winning this prestigious prize.
Executive Director Bern Johnson and co-founder John Bonine spoke about E-LAW`s early days, when slow modems delivered bytes to partners in far away places, and how our mission today remains vital to environmental lawyers around the world. EPL founder Svitlana Kravchenko spoke about how E-LAW gave Olya the courage to take her first court case.
Olya showed a video about her work produced by the Goldman Environmental Prize and spoke about the challenges she faced protecting the Danube Delta. The audience responded with a standing ovation.
Earlier in the week, Olya joined environmental leaders from local high schools for a tour of the West Eugene Wetlands.
We look forward to hosting visiting E-LAW partners from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Panama, and Nicaragua later this year. In November we will host an event featuring David Korten, author of "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community." Watch for news about events featuring these visitors.
E-LAW U.S. works with partners around the world to publish user-friendly guides to understanding and enforcing local environmental laws. The General Fisheries and Aquaculture Law of Guatemala is written "Xchaq `Rab `Il Karab`K Ut K`Iiresink Yu` Amha" in the Maya Q`eqchi` language. With support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, E-LAW U.S. and Centro de Acción Legal-Ambiental y Social (CALAS) in Guatemala are educating Maya Q`eqchi` communities on the Atlantic coast about laws that protect fragile natural resources.
Inside E-LAW U.S.: E-LAW at Fifteen, User-Friendly Guides