The mission of the Yachats Academy of Arts & Sciences is to provide educational and entertainment opportunities for people on the central Oregon coast. Sponsored by Polly Plumb Productions, we encourage the residents of the village of Yachats, Oregon to work with Academy board members to organize those events that they judge to be most enjoyable.
Tom Kerns, Director of Environment and Human Rights Advisory, Philosophy Professor emeritus at Seattle Community College, and author of Environmentally Induced Illnesses: Ethics, Risk Assessment and Human Rights, has lectured at WHO Headquarters in Geneva on human rights issues in HIV vaccine research, and served as commissioner on the New Zealand People’s Inquiry into Aerial Pesticide Sprays Over Auckland (2006). Recent articles include "Ten Practical Advantages of a Human Rights Approach to Environmental Advocacy" (2013), and "Schopenhauer’s Mitleid: environmental outrage and human rights" (2016).
Tom, along with the Spring Creek Project at Oregon State University, helped shepherd into being the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal Session on Human Rights Fracking and Climate Change (conducted fully online from May 14-18) where over 200 witnesses and attorneys from seven nations on five different continents brought powerful human rights testimony and arguments to bear on fracking and climate change.
Come hear how and why the Tribunal was conducted and what its outcomes have been so far.