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Bedrock Lectures: Robin Bronen

Higher Ground: Protecting Human Rights as the Climate Crisis Forces People to Leave Their Homes

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

In the months leading up to the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change, Spring Creek Project presents the Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change.

This online series features leading scientists, attorneys, writers, community leaders, activists, and artists. Together, the lectures create a chorus of voices and ideas that will invite audiences to imagine how we can build communities and lives in a world where environmental crises quickly become human rights crises.

We will release a new Bedrock Lecture every Wednesday from January 31 to May 30, 2018. The lectures are free and publically available on our website and social media channels. Each lecture will be about 20 minutes, and we invite you to watch them from your desk, with a group of friends, or at a community gathering.


Robin Bronen, Executive Director, Alaska Institute for Justice, will present her lecture, "Higher Ground: Protecting Human Rights as the Climate Crisis Forces People to Leave Their Homes," on February 28, 2018.   

Robin Bronen lives in Alaska, works as a human rights attorney and has been working on the climate-forced relocation of Alaska Native communities since 2007.  She is currently working with 15 Alaska Native communities to design and implement community-based adaptation strategies, including community relocation, that protects their human rights.  She is also the co-founder and executive director of the Alaska Institute for Justice, a non-profit agency that is the only immigration legal service provider in Alaska, houses a Language Interpreter Center, training bilingual Alaskans to be professional interpreters, and also is a research and policy institute focused on climate justice issues.  The Alaska Bar Association awarded her the 2007 Robert Hickerson Public Service award and the 2012 International Human Rights award. The Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded the Alaska Institute for Justice the 2012 FBI Director’s Community Service award for its work with human trafficking survivors and the International Soroptomost’s awarded her the 2012 Advancing the Rights of Women award.

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Environmental Arts & Humanities