Past Briefings

As part of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations’ efforts to support the broader community, following each Briefing Series monthly call we will provide an audio recording of the discussion, fact sheets, and some additional resources relevant to the topic for further exploration and application.

We encourage you to join in the discussion! Here are resources from existing calls.

Past Declaration Briefings: 

12 June 2014: Women’s Earth and Climate Action NetworkOsprey Orielle Lake, Founder, Author, and International Environmental and Peace Advocate.

Audio recording of June 12, 2014 briefing 

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network Fact Sheet

8 May 2014: Northern California Hub: Convening Conversations, members of the Northern California Hub

Audio recording of May 8, 2014 briefing

Northern California Hub Fact Sheet

All additional resources are available on the “Resources” page of this blog.

10 April 2014: Idle No More – Organizing and Inspiring Communities, Pennie Opal Plant, Organizer, Idle No More

Audio recording of April 10, 2014 briefing

Idle No More Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

Idle No More Website and Facebook Page

Nonviolent Direct Action definition


Connect the Dots: Refinery Corridor Healing Walks Website and Facebook page

13 February 2014: Guardianship, Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director, Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN).

Audio recording of February 13, 2014 briefing

Guardianship Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

SEHN has inspired and lead several written pieces on Guardianship. All of these resources can be found on their website, under the topic ‘Guardianship of Future Generations‘. Check out their site for more information on Future Generation Guardianship.

Rights of Future Generations Bibliography“, By Carolyn Raffensperger and Danielle Nierenberg. June 2013. This is one of several resources available on the SEHN website. It provides a comprehensive overview of Future Generation policies that can be adopted at any level of government.

16 January 2014: Ecological Economics and The Commons, Ann Manning, Convener for WCFFG-MN 2014 Gathering, Central Coordination Team, and Julie Ristau, Co-Director, On the Commons, Steering Committee Member of WCFFG-MN Gathering.

Audio recording of January 16, 2014 briefing

Ecological Economics and The Commons Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

How You Can Become A Commoner“. By Julie Ristau. Commons Magazine, March 3, 2011.

Legal Structures for Protecting the Commons“, By The Commons Team. Commons Magazine, nd.

All That We Share: A Field Guide to the Commons“. By Jay Walljasper, July 2010.

Capitalism 3.0, A guide to reclaiming the commons“. By Peter Barnes. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2006.

12 December 2013: Active Hope and the Work That Reconnects, Barbara Ford, a facilitator, artist, singer, offering experiential workshops, art and music which explores the convergence of activism, spirituality, and creativity.

Audio recording of December 12, 2013 briefing

Active Hope and the Work That Reconnects Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

Active Hope – How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy.” By Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy. New World Library, 2012.

“Coming Back to Life – Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World.” By Joanna Macy and Molly Young Brown (presently in revision, available 2014. Older version available here).

Websites include:  —  —  —

14 November 2013: Collective Liberation: Interconnectedness in the Climate Justice Movement & Solidarity with Frontline Marginalized Communities, Henia Belalia, a member of the National Coordinating Committee of Deep Roots United and the former Director of Peaceful Uprising.

Audio recording of November 14, 2013 briefing

Collective Liberation Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

Defining Climate Justice.” Rebecca Hall, Peaceful Uprising, May 21, 2013.

Is Professional Activism Getting in the Way of Real Change?” Henia Belalia, Alternet, October 29, 2013.

The Revolution Will Not Be Funded.” Utne Reader, March-April 2009.

The Problem with “Privilege”.” Dr. Andrea Smith, personal blog, August 14, 2013.

Has Civil Disobedience Become Too Predictable?” Philip Wright, Waging Nonviolence – People Powered News and Analysis, November 5, 2013.


10 October 2013: Rights of Nature, Robin Milam, Administrative Director for the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature.

Audio recording of October 10, 2013 briefing 

Rights of Nature Fact Sheet

Additional Resources:

Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change“. Global Exchange, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

Wild Law, A Manifesto for Earth Justice“. Cormac Cullinan. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011.

Exploring Wild Law, The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence“. Peter Burdon, editor. Wakefield Press, 2011.

How We Live: Rights of Nature, Community Rights, Earth Community Economy, Our Relationship to the Earth“. Natalia Green, Shannon Biggs, Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, and Osprey Orielle Lake. 22 Sep 2013. International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative Summit 2013: Plenary 6.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, local economy, and quality of life. For samples of local U.S. laws and draft ordinances, visit:

In addition, some discussants were curious about examples of environmental audits. One example comes from the Tomales Bay Institute: “The State of the Commons“. Tomales Bay Institute, Minneapolis, MN, 2006.


26 September 2013: An Introduction to the Declaration and the Precautionary Principle, Carolyn Raffensperger, Executive Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network

Audio recording of September 26, 2013 briefing

Precautionary Principle Fact Sheet

One Synthesis of the Declaration

Additional Resources:

Precautionary Tools for Reshaping Environmental Policy“. Nancy Myers and Carolyn Raffensperger, editors. MIT Press, 2006.

Protecting Public Health and the Environment: Implementing the Precautionary Principle“. Carolyn Raffensperger, Joel Tickner, and Wes Jackson et al. Island Press, 1999.

Becoming Great Ancestors“. Carolyn Raffensperger. 22 September 2012. TedxMaui.

In addition, the Science and Environmental Health Network has compiled an extensive database of resources on the Precautionary Principle, including essays, government positions,  non-government positions, and more. Visit this list of Precautionary Principle Publications by SEHN members.

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