What We Do
Earth Law Center is a “think, share and do” organization that promotes the intrinsic value, interdependence, and legal rights of all Earth’s inhabitants and ecosystems, with the goal of establishing legal systems that support the health and vitality of future generations.
To accomplish this mission, Earth Law Center develops, increases awareness of, and advocates for Earth-based laws, policies, economies, philosophies and governance systems. ELC works to broaden the vocal constituency for these initiatives through strategic alliances with legal professionals, NGOs, indigenous groups, scientists, students, government officials, green businesses, sustainable living organizations, and others.
Through its initiatives, Earth Law Center seeks to transform the law to recognize the inherent rights of all Earth’s inhabitants and ecosystems to co-exist, thrive and evolve. Initiatives are divided into six areas: Driving the Law, Promoting Earth Education, Transforming Economics, Reflecting Science, Exploring Philosophy, and Living the Good Life. ELC also has a particular focus on waterways and the oceans as working examples of how to advance rights for ecosystems and species. While the Center’s work focuses primarily on Law and Earth Education, each of these areas are critical elements in transforming our governance to reflect our interrelated relationships with the natural world. Visit each page to learn more.