David Forman’s activities – July / August 2019

Following the announcement of the Normandy Chair for Peace, David Forman traveled to Nagoya, Japan in late June, where he delivered a guest lecture at Meijo University on Environmental Law and Future Generations: Hawai’i and Beyond

Lecture at Meijo University

In late July, Forman accepted an invitation from the Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change (PISFCC), Emalus chapter, to give a plenary speech at the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu.  His presentation, entitled Raging River(s): High and Law Islands TUGETA with Island Earth, Making Our Final Stand(s), connected PISFCC’s ongoing efforts to the NCP’s “I am Climate Justice” campaign, in addition to the first Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court (held during the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu), and youth climate activities around the world including “The Final Stand: Climate Action Through Law and Policy” formed by O.P. Jindal Global Law School students in Delhi, India.  Forman also participated in strategy sessions with PISFCC students and their supporters that helped pave the way for a powerful statement by leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum addressing the climate crisis.   

During the IUCN Oceania Regional Conservation Forum in nearby Suva, Fiji, Forman met with student representatives from PISFCC’s Laucala chapter, in addition to laying the groundwork for future NCP activities in the region with a variety of institutional representatives including the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, and the University of Waikato (New Zealand). 

Forman also attended the 17th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in early August, as co-organizer of the 5th annual Tony Oposa Intergenerational Moot Court.  He then met with the indigenous Le’Poh’Gah villagers on the Baram River in Sarawak to learn about some of their traditional and customary practices, as well as their successful two year battle to stop a proposed dam that would have wiped out their village along with environmental resources in the area.  Before returning to Honolulu, Forman also met with the Walanga Muru Aboriginal Cultural Training Coordinator at the Macquarie University, along with other environmental and indigenous scholars there, as well as Sydney University Law School, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, and the University of Tasmania. 

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