What you can do

6 Ways You Can Be Involved in the Tribunal

Because the Tribunal is global in scope and will be held 100% online, many people around the world will have the opportunity to become involved, whether as a witness or a viewer. Here are ways you can participate:

1. Provide Witness Testimony. In preparation for the Tribunal, testimony is being gathered from those who have experienced the impacts of fracking or climate change. Anyone in the world can contribute their stories as testimony until May 1, 2018. Testimony could take many different shapes. It could be written or recorded; it could be a document, video, or photo; and it could be as brief or as elaborate as you wish. If you have testimony to share, we invite you to do so online through the Tribunal’s Witness Testimony page.

2.  Watch the weekly Bedrock Lectures on Human Rights and Climate Change. 

  • Around noon on each Wednesday leading up to the Tribunal a new Bedrock Lecture will be released here and on the Spring Creek Project Facebook page for viewing. We invite you to share the lectures on your personal or organizational Facebook pages as well to help us reach as large and diverse an audience as possible with these important discussions related to climate justice.
  • In-person screenings of the Bedrock Lectures will be hosted at noon each Wednesday on the OSU campus in Bexell Hall 415 starting January 31 and running through winter term. Community members as well as students, staff and faculty at Oregon State University are welcome to attend.
  • We also invite you to host viewings of the Bedrock Lectures in your community by reserving a space for people to watch the lectures every week and promoting your gatherings locally. Each speaker will pose a few questions at the end of her or his lecture to spark additional conversations at community gatherings.

3.  Watch the Tribunal Live. The judges and attorneys will be participating from around the world, convening online  through Zoom conferencing software. This is the first Tribunal to be held virtually, meaning a larger audience than ever before can follow along with the proceedings in real time. To access the live feed, click the “Stream the Tribunal Live” button, or check the Spring Creek Project website as we get closer to the start of the Tribunal on May 14, 2018.

4. Host a Community Viewing of the Live-Streamed Tribunal. You or your organization could arrange a live-streamed screening of the proceedings in your community. You could include a discussion period after the live screening to share reactions and ideas.

5. Attend the Kick-Off Keynote. The opening day of the Tribunal, May 14, ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber will give a keynote lecture at the Whiteside Theatre in Corvallis, Oregon, at 7:00 p.m. on the topic of human rights and fracking. If you live in the Corvallis area, please join us. The lecture is free and open to the public.

6. Spread the Word. We hope the Tribunal will help spark conversations and action about human rights, fracking and climate change around the world. Please help us spread the word by sharing this article with friends and on social media.

More information about the Tribunal can be found here and here, background reports on human rights and other materials can be found here (Human Rights Impact Assessments, etc), and the specific questions on which we are asking the judges to rule can be seen here.