Offsetted: On the Rights of Trees

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CELDF’s Mari Margil, leader of our International Center for the Rights of Nature, joins this public discussion hosted by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

In our Western economic system, trees are viewed for their financial contribution, calculated on how their biological functions serve to “offset man-made ecological devastation.” This diverts conversation away from stopping ecological degradation, effectively accepting the harms and rationalizing the economic and legal structures that perpetuate them.

Participants will consider procedures for the de-financialization of the environment and the stakes of such actions. Challenging the imposed obligation on trees to perform as speculative assets in real estate development and environmental mitigation, participants will discuss legal strategies to support the right of trees not to serve as carbon offsets, instead allowing them to just be trees.


Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m.


311 E Broadway
New York, NY  10002

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