Small Strokes



Sweden / Ecuador

Hana Begovic (she/her) is from Sweden and is a strategic coordinator, project leader and public speaker with the mission to contribute to tangible and positive impact for the holistic well-being of the Earth's living systems. She is a dedicated, curious and down-to-Earth person with a deep interest in Earth Jurisprudence.


Hana holds a degree in Global Studies, a program uniting peace and development research, global gender studies, human ecology, human rights studies and social anthropology. Hana is the Director of Earth Advocacy Youth and an expert member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network.


She strives to amplify youth leadership and representation in Earth-centered practices and strategies by empowering and collaborating with young change-makers around the world.

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Norway / Denmark

Katarina Hovden is a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Her PhD work engages with ecological law and the rights of Nature movement. In particular, she is interested in exploring the potential for ecological worldviews to transform law and reconceive relationships.


Katarina is committed to advancing ideas and tools to acknowledge and protect the voices, agencies and needs of all living beings in law and policy. This important task requires us not only to reconceive our laws and policies, but also to confront our societies, cultures, and values. Believing that it is the mission of this generation to work in a conscious, compassionate and curious manner to embrace and co-create a multi-species society, Katarina is excited about the powerful contribution of youth on this path.

Katarina holds degrees in law (University of Cambridge) and public international law (University of Amsterdam). She is a member of the United Nations Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network, and a writer for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

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South Africa

Hercules Wessels is a qualified attorney, practicing environmental law at Cullinan & Associates in Cape Town, South Africa. As an attorney, he combines his litigation experience with his passion for Nature and wildlife conservation and his vision for cultivating resilient, equitable relationships between communities and the environment they are part of.

As a legal scholar, Hercules researches national and international developments and advances made in the burgeoning field of Earth Jurisprudence. He has a particular interest in developing legal systems which would enable the rule of law to be understood within the context of Earth justice and planetary boundaries. He believes that part of this transition which would bring about resilient relationships between all species is to address the broken relationship between humans and other members of the Earth community through a process of restorative justice and expanding the application of legal concepts of intragenerational, intergenerational and interspecies equity.

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The Netherlands

Jessica den Outer has a Bachelor degree in international & European law and a Master degree in international environmental law. Environmental law brought her love for Nature and interest in law together. She has been involved in the rights of Nature movement since 2017, when she started researching national trends on the rights of Nature and the correlation with other topical themes. In 2019, she was recognized as one of the young professionals acting as Earth-centered law experts for the United Nations Harmony with Nature Programme. She now works as a freelance consultant on various rights of Nature projects and collaborates in partnership with multiple organisations striving towards similar goals. One of her most exciting projects is the development of a campaign for rights for river de Maas in the Netherlands. Towards that end she has co-developed a traineeship on rights for river de Maas for students, the first in its kind.


Besides her consultancy work, she is also a board member and jurist at Earth Advocacy Youth. In 2020, she was recognised amongst the top 100 most sustainable young leaders in the Netherlands. Jessica is convinced of the bright future for the rights of Nature and continues to share the message that Mother Earth, the source of life, should have legal rights. 

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Elliot Connor is a young conservationist living in Sydney, Australia. He is also a skilled communicator, senior management executive and policy strategist with experience across two dozen charitable organizations. His theory of change seeks to develop a model for mass individualism: empowering future leaders to find their potential, connecting the connectors and generating grassroots impact globally.


From Quito, Ecuador to Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa to quiet Sydney suburbs Elliot brings his leadership acumen and systems thinking to bear on the most pressing issues of our 21st century. 

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Julia Gilvad Rasmussen is a Danish/Swedish soon-to-be lawyer currently studying at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She is specialising in International Environmental and Climate Law and has a passion for Earth Law and the Rights of Nature.


Her aim is to strengthen the purposefulness of the movement and help place all of Nature at the center of law.

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Lorraine Champagne is a Rights of Nature lawyer working in civil society, at a French and European level. She is trained in comparative law and Jurisprudence, and is interested in the ways in which Law interacts with Nature around the world. 

She chooses to work within the civil society because she believes that social movements are paramount to producing durable change, especially when a moral paradigm shift is needed in order to implement new ideas, such as an Earth-centered worldview of Earth-centered law. The durability and effectiveness of ECL implementation lie in the integration of these values within society. 

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