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National Public Lands Conference (english)
30 Jan 2003
National Public Lands Conference: Houston, Texas
National Public Lands Conference: Houston, Texas
Do Not Miss This Conference If You Want to Save the Earth

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Rice University's 11th Annual Student Environmental Conference

This Land is Your Land: Public Lands' History, Philosophy, and Controversy

- Conference Summary Date: February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 Location: Rice University, Houston, TX

Hosted by: Houston Earth First!, Live Oak Alliance, Rice University Environmental Club

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On 2/28/03-3/2/03, Rice University will host its 11th Annual Environmental Conference, this year entitled "This Land is Your Land: Public Lands' History, Philosophy, and Controversy." It promises to be one of the largest public lands conferences to have ever taken place in the Gulf Coast Region, with local and out-of-state speakers from across the nation in attendance. Public lands issues have been a constantly growing part of our cultural consciousness for decades and have manifested within the last decade to be of great academic, economic, environmental, and political importance. The conference includes a broad spectrum of activities including panels, workshops, guest speakers, interactive roundtable discussions, grassroots organizing teach-ins, direct action training, a photography exhibit of public lands from around the country, and video showings produced by contemporary public lands activists. Conference attendees will gain an advanced understanding of the most important issues surrounding our public lands, their structure, history, and management, will have the opportunity to learn new skills and form partnerships to address these issues, and will be introduced to major Texas initiatives relevant to our federal and state public lands. We aim to be a resource for everyone, from the local layperson to the experienced community organizer.

The conference is designed to educate and empower participants so that they may actively engage political, legislative, and civilian resources in order to reclaim control over our publicly owned spaces and participate in forming them to meet people's and the Earth's needs. The conference is fully open to the public. We will provide food and space for tabling. Contact us for information on on-site childcare. All groups and individuals are encouraged to table. We request a $5-10 sliding scale entrance fee for non-Rice attendees on Saturday March 1, but we will not turn anyone away.
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