About Pella

Pella Thiel is a maverick ecologist and activist who works with relational, systemic activism, change processes and leadership för a society in harmony with nature. She is a knowledge expert in the UN Harmony with Nature initiative and co-founder of swedish hubs of international networks like Swedish Transition Network, End Ecocide Sweden (currently chairperson), Save the Rainforest Sweden and the swedish Network for Rights of Nature. She also teaches ecopsychology and is a part of the eco-psychology/art/activist NGO Lodyn. Pella coordinated the first three Rights of Nature Conferences in Sweden. She has an MSc in Ecology from Stockholm University with the thesis on rainforest restoration in Ecuador. She enjoys pigs, having her hands in the soil at the smallholding in the archipelago of Stockholm where she lives, whisky and playing with people who truly love what they are doing.

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Rights of the Forest – Rules for a wild relationship

A contribution to the art project Forest Intervals - responding to the forests call a full-day public programme with the Public Art Agency engaging ecological and relational entanglements within Malin Arnell and Åsa Elzéns work Forest Calling – A Never-ending...

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Time for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Nature

Also at Medium As we are seeing the UN Decade of Biodiversity coming to a close this year, to say that we haven’t fulfilled its promises would be an understatement. If anything, we are beginning to understand the extent to which the Earths’ living systems are falling...

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The Potato Appeal – a Transition response to Covid-19

Also at Medium May 1st was potato planting day in Sweden this year; at least according to Transition Sweden (part of Transition Network). The Transition initiative Närjord (translates approximately to Local Soil) in Söderhamn, Sweden, has been working for food...

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I am the Environmental Hero of the Year!

WWF Sweden appoints Pella Thiel as the Environmental Hero of the Year 2019 in the category Biodiversity. Greta Thunberg is appointed as Young Environmental Hero of the Year and Magnus Carlson, singer in Weeping Willows wins the climate category. The award was handed...

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Movement and Maps – Told and Untold Stories of the Future

A speech from Climate Existence conference may 2018 (on video here) As I pondered about what exquisite wisdom I would share with you after these lovely days of depth, spaciousness and beauty, I felt quite humble. Then suddenly, a character from long ago showed up,...

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A letter to you, dear Transitioner

Opening speech at REALS final international forum in Järna, June 16-19th 2016 "Todays challenges and the need for resilience" Dear fellow transitioners from different corners! As we are standing in the mess we are in, how are we to make meaning of our actions and to...

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Changing the story of Self

Published at Common cause Foundation June 2014 The Common Cause framework shows that intrinsic values, such as equality and connection with nature, are associated with actions and attitudes towards a fair and sustainable society. Our ability to act for a greater good...

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Ecocide – An Evolution of Law

Published on Post Growth Institute April 2014. How do we stop the destruction of the Earths’ living systems, the glaring result of the industrial growth society? From rainforests turned to palm oil plantations, to seas deprived of many fish species, to mines opened in...

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