Lawyer, author and teacher
Albert Bates will speak about regenerative development – building a new human relationship with Earth as healers and stewards.
For most of his life Albert has been working on ideas that could make the world a little better – more fair, more free, more ecologically and economically sustainable, and more fun. He is one of the founders and influential figures of the intentional community and ecovillage movements.
An environmental rights lawyer, author, teacher and permaculture guru, he has taught appropriate technology, natural building, permaculture and inspired students from more than 60 nations.
Albert believes that using soils and trees can point the world back towards a stable atmosphere. He has been engaged with climate change since writing Climate in Crisis in the 1980s (with a foreword by Al Gore). Since the UN summit at Kyoto he has been a GEN delegate to the COP climate conferences, trying to point the world back towards a stable atmosphere using only natural methods. His book The Paris Agreement (2015) was the first to describe the process that arrived at the historic treaty.
As a former attorney, he argued environmental and civil rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and drafted a number of legislative Acts during his 26-year legal career. He served on the steering committee of Plenty International for 18 years, focusing on relief and development work with indigenous peoples, human rights and the environment. For this work, he also received the Right Livelihood Award in 1980.
A creative mind with unique ideas and holder of a number of design patents, Albert invented the concentrating photovoltaic arrays and solar-powered automobile displayed at the 1982 World’s Fair. His other innovative ideas include the fuel wringers for algae, hemp cheese and pyrolizing cookstoves.
Albert has been director of the Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology since 1984 and of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm since 1994. His books include Climate in Crisis, The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook and most recent The Paris Agreement: The best chance we have to save the one planet we’ve got.
Since 1972 he has been a resident of The Farm, a pioneering intentional community in Tennessee, USA with the principles of nonviolence as its core foundation.
Interesting fact: Since mid-1980s, Bates has planted a private 40 acres forest to sequester carbon dioxide and related greenhouse gas emission from travel, business and personal activities. That forest now annually plants itself as it expands.
“We are in a crisis in the evolution of human society. It’s unique to both human and geologic history. It has never happened before and it can’t possibly happen again”
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