KAHULUI - The "Rights of Nature," the first of a four-part series of speakers on key environmental issues presented by Ala Kukui/Hana Retreat, will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's McCoy Studio Theater.
The speakers will be Thomas Linzey of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund in Pennsylvania, a nonprofit law firm that provides affordable legal services to communities facing environmental threats, and Kapua Sproat, a professor of environmental law at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and an Earthjustice attorney.
The conversation, moderated by Lucienne de Naie, will discuss the alternative to the view of land rights simply as property of humans or corporations, but nature's inherent rights being recognized in a court of law.
The topics of the next three programs will be "Journey of the Universe" July 26; "Biomimicry" Aug. 16; and "Food Security" Nov. 15.
The cost is $10 per lecture or $35 for the entire series if purchased by Tuesday.
The event is sponsored in part by the County of Maui and the Hawai'i Tourism Authority.
Ala Kukui, "pathway of illumination," is a nonprofit organization whose mission is personal and global healing and transformation. It operates a facility in a secluded, natural setting for retreats and meetings.
For more information, go to the website www.alakukui.org.