Mission, Vision & History

Mission and Vision

Earth Law Center educates and advocates for laws and policies that recognize and promote the inherent rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.

We envision a future where the inherent rights of nature are respected and implemented globally.

To accomplish our mission and work towards achievement of our vision, Earth Law Center takes on specific initiatives to develop, increase awareness of, and advocate for Earth-based laws, policies, economies, philosophies and governance systems. Initiatives include advocacy projects on behalf of particular ecosystems and communities, university educational programs, and innovative research efforts. Earth Law Center works to broaden the vocal constituency for these initiatives through strategic alliances with environmental and citizen group advocates, indigenous groups, legal professionals, scientists, students, government officials, green businesses, sustainable living organizations, and others.

Through these actions, Earth Law Center seeks to transform the law and culture to recognize the inherent rights of all Earth’s inhabitants and ecosystems to co-exist, thrive and evolve.

History

Earth Law Center was first established as the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Inc. in 2008 to support new “Earth Jurisprudence” programs at two Florida law schools, Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida and St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida. These groundbreaking legal education programs were premised on the concept that humanity has a foundational responsibility to respect the inherent rights of all beings and ecosystems to exist, thrive and evolve. The two programs rapidly evolved into the Center for Earth Jurisprudence and Earth Advocacy Clinic at Barry University, and an LLM in Environmental Sustainability at St. Thomas University. With the successful maturation of the programs, the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Inc. expanded its mission in 2010 to become the Earth Law Center, with the goal of furthering nationwide the vision of a philosophy and practice of law that respects the natural world in its own right and recognizes humans as an integral member of the Earth community.

Related Documents and Links

Center for Earth Jurisprudence, Barry University School of Law
Earth Advocacy Clinic, Barry University School of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law, LLM in Environmental Sustainability
The Thomas Berry Foundation
Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

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