Virtual Book Launch – Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change

On Monday, 1 November, 2021 at 1 pm EDT/5pm GMT/6 pm CET, Kathleen Dean Moore and Tom Kerns will discuss their new book, Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change, along with special guest and GNHRE Founder Anna Grear.

You can register in advance for the launch here.

About the Book:

The book launch will include a screening of the documentary film “Bedrock Rights: A New Foundation for Global Action Against Fracking and Climate Change“. Both the book and the film explore how fracking and climate change violate human rights, based on the arguments, witness testimony and findings of the week-long hearings in 2018 of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. 

Bearing Witness maps a promising new direction in the ongoing struggle to protect the planet from climate chaos. It tells the story of the first, and so far only, international human-rights court special session on fracking and climate change, which issued a devastating indictment of oil and gas corporations and the governments that empower them, for massive violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The book includes eyewitness testimony, moral and legal arguments, the advisory opinion, and essays by thought-leaders such as Winona LaDuke, Mary Wood, John Knox, Anna Grear, and Sandra Steingraber.

About the Editors:

As Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emerita at Oregon State University, Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., writes extensively about the moral urgency of climate action. She is co-editor of  Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, essays by the world’s moral leaders about our obligations to the future, and the author of Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change and of Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World. She is co-editor, with Thomas A. Kerns, of the recent book Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change, and screenwriter for the accompanying film, Bedrock Rights, A New Foundation for Global Action Against Fracking and Climate Change.  

Tom Kerns is professor emeritus of Philosophy at North Seattle College, and Founder/Director of Environment and Human Rights Advisory. His work brings human rights norms to bear on environmental issues, especially on the climate crisis. In 2015 he served on the drafting group for GNHRE’s international “Declaration on Human Rights and Climate Change”, and he co-organized the 2018 Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. He is co-editor, with Kathleen Dean Moore, of Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change; and author of Youth Climate Courts: How You Can Host a Human Rights Trial for People and Planet, just out last month from Routledge. He lives in a small village on the central Oregon coast.