The Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) took place from Feb. 28 to March 3 in Eugene Oregon. This is one of the largest environmental conferences in the country, with over 140 workshops and presentations. http://www.pielc.org/pages/about.html
There were thousands of participants coming from all over the country, and from as far away as China. The impression I got from attending many of the workshops is that our understanding of environmental Science has become much more comprehensive. Data has increased exponentially, and computer modeling has become even more accurate. As a result many States are now turning to ecosystem management systems, which we have known for 20 years, works much better than just managing one species or area. http://www.fs.fed.us/eco/ecmtext.htm
The entire conference was organized and paid for by the students of the U of O, and it was encouraging to see so many young people working to preserve their future. One 12 year old has already made a film and sued the government to protect the environment. http://ourchildrenstrust.org/
On the negative side there is a growing concern that due to the increasing influence of corporate money, that the rules and regulations are now doing less to protect the environment and the people, and doing more to protect corporations. There is a need for more rights based regulation that values nature and protects the basic right of people to have clean air, water, and food, free from toxins. Thomas Alan Linzey, one of the main keynote speakers, gave a stirring call for the end of corporate governance and a return to democracy. http://nepagreen.blogspot.com/2010/07/th...