Upcoming Events and Comment Opportunities

United Nations April 22nd VIEW: ELC has been invited again to participate in the UN General Assembly's Interactive Dialogue on International Mother Earth Day, April 22nd. For more information, visit here. As stated in the Concept Note for the Dialogue, the U.N. wishes to “hear from the increasing number of countries and communities where the rights of nature are recognized … and where the respect for the environment is translated into practical measures that protect it.” The event will be webcast, and we will provide more details with regard to viewing soon.
COMMENT with ELC for water flows for Northern California's waterways. You can send written comments to state regulators until April 18 at 5pm; instructions are in ELC's Action Alert. For more information, visit here.
ATTEND: Journey of the Universe will be shown in San Rafael, CA on Monday evening April 28th. Join filmmaker Brian Swimme and ELC for a panel discussion after the film, reflecting on its lessons for our times. For information and tickets, click here.
Patagonia Palo Alto May 6th ATTEND: ELC will speak on the rights of California waterways at the Palo Alto Patagonia store the evening of May 6th. The event will start at 6:00 pm; for more information, visit here.
LEARN ABOUT: Before an audience of 400, the world’s first Ethics Tribunal on the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth held its inaugural session on Friday, January 17 in Quito, Ecuador, at the close of the January 2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit. The Tribunal will be a permanent platform for hearing and judging cases from around the world. Learn more about the Tribunal and view videos of the cases presented before the Tribunal. Stay tuned for more information on follow-up actions on these and other Tribunal reviews of rights violations.
READ: In December, Cambridge University Press released Rule of Law for Nature: New Dimensions and Ideas in Environmental Law, including ELC's chapter on "Realizing Nature's Rule of Law through Rights of Waterways." Learn more here.
READ: Wild Law in Practice, edited by Michelle Maloney and Peter Burdon and featuring a chapter by Earth Law Center, "'Water as the Way’: Achieving Well Being through ‘Right Relationship’ with Water." Read the Introduction to learn more about this important work, which is available now!
Rights Violations Map VISIT ELC's online, interactive Map of Human and Environmental Rights Violations worldwide. Please send in information on other examples to share.
FEB. 14-16, 2014: ELC was a keynote speaker in New Zealand at the New Thinking on Sustainability Conference at Victoria Univ. of Wellington School of Law, speaking on the role of Sustainability Rights Ordinances such as in Santa Monica to advance well-being. Click here to review the extensive program.
TAKE ACTION: Weigh in against the destructive California Administration proposal to construct giant tunnels that drain water for ecosystems and fish! Read the press release by project opponents and email Governor Brown to oppose the proposed tunnels and support locally sustainable water solutions that respect waterways' rights to be healthy. Read the recently-released document and watch here for more information as additional project and comment details are released.
TAKE ACTION: A key rights of nature partner, Fundacion Pachamama in Quito, has been illegally closed down by the Ecuadorian Government as a result of their indigenous and environmental rights advocacy work. Sign the Avaaz petition calling on the government to reverse this decision!
TEDxMarin Oct 2013 WATCH ELC's Executive Director Linda Sheehan speak before 700 attendees at TEDxMarin's annual event in San Rafael, California in the TEDx video, "Earth Jujitsu: Escaping the Climate Chokehold by Adapting to Nature's Rights."
WATCH the video of ELC presenting at the October World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca, Spain on Nature's Rights (starts at 22:00). Read the adopted WILD10 Nature's Rights Resolution by ELC and colleagues, and learn more about the next steps in bringing rights of nature to ecosystem and wildlife protection worldwide.

ONGOING: Sign a petition to make Ecocide a crime in Europe. The European Citizens' Initiative “End Ecocide in Europe” aims to make severe environmental destruction a crime. Details are given in a draft directive, and in this brief YouTube video. For the intellectual grounding of the End-Ecocide movement, see this report from the Human Rights Consortium at the University of London.

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Video: POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, Water Sustainability Project, Webinar: Giving Nature a Voice: Legal Rights of Waterways - Linda Sheehan on rights of waterways and Vernon Tava on Whanganui River agreement.

Film Release - "United Natures"

United Natures A new film, "United Natures: A United Nations of All Species," addressing ecological activism, permaculture, agroecology and Earth rights has been released.

Directed and produced by Peter Charles Downey, the film features some of the world’s foremost environmentalists and philosophers, including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Cormac Cullinan, John Seed, Dr. Stephan Harding, Polly Higgins, David Holmgren, Dr. Alessandro Pelizzon, Prof. Judith Koons, and others.

The film also features Earth Law Center's Linda Sheehan, who discusses ELC's work to advance the rights of nature in law. View the film here.

Executive Director Linda Sheehan in the News

image from Greenwire, the "one-stop" source for those who track environmental and energy policy, has published a feature-length article about Executive Director Linda Sheehan. The article is available here and more information about Greenwire can be found here.

UN Earth Day 2013 Address by ELC Earth Day Address by Earth Law Center to the U.N. on Rights of Nature
Earth Law Center addressed the United Nations on Earth Day, at the "Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature to Commemorate Mother Earth Day".

Along with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and invited panelists, ELC discussed alternative economic approaches that further a more ethical relationship with the Earth. ELC focused its remarks on the need to recognize the rights of nature in law and governance, as an essential tool in this effort. Read ELC's remarks here. You may watch ELC's and the other speakers remarks here, and read other nations' and intervenors' statements here. Read the commendation by the President of the UN General Assembly on Earth Law Center's participation, and view the formal Summary of the Dialogue here.

For more, read the U.N. Summary of the Dialogue, the U.N. Press release, the U.N. Concept Note on this Earth Day event, the remarks of the Secretary-General of the U.N., and the remarks of the President of the General Assembly.

Why Rights of Nature

A new video, "Why Rights of Nature," explains more about the need for this movement. We invite you to view the video and visit our website further to learn more about our work to create legal systems that support the planet. Thank you!

Earth Law Center is a “think, share and do” organization dedicated to advancing laws that incorporate the inherent rights of all Earth’s inhabitants and ecosystems to co-exist, thrive and evolve. Watch a video of Executive Director Linda Sheehan addressing the need for this movement in a presentation at Southern Cross University, Australia.

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