Earth Law Center Blog
Updates on Earth Law and the Rights of Nature Movement.
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Learn about the unexpected importance and power of a special forest near London.
Light pollution isn’t just missing out on stargazing. It has huge effects on ecology and conservation.
Bosnia River Action Network Advocacy (BRANA) talks to Dženan Šašić, part of the fierce local movement resisting hydroelectric development on the Doljanka River in Slovenia.
Using Earth Law to protect the Caroni River and the environmental problems affecting Trinidad and Tobago.
The fight for nature’s rights in the Balkans and why we need to save the Blue Heart of Europe.
ELC speaks with the leaders of Centre Juridique International des Droits de la Nature about their initiative seeking rights recognition for the St. Lawrence River.
ELC is working with Notres Affaires a Tous to uncover and restore La Bievre River in France, as well as seek rights recognition for this urban river.
Earth Law Center and other local partners are working to establish rights of nature for the Boulder Creek Watershed.
Earth Law Center and Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum seek legal rights based on Earth Law principles for the Pakistani Indus River.
ELC is working with International Rivers and Réseau International des Droits Humains (RIDH) on a case involving environmental damages from a dam on the Anchicayá River in Colombia.
Snowpack systems are changing with the global climate. Kristen Cowell discusses the impacts of dwindling snowpack on rivers and how an Earth Law approach can help protect them.
Earth Law Center is participating in the Ríos Vivos Foro y Festival (Living Rivers Forum and Festival) in Puebla, Mexico. Participants will consider new approaches to river restoration and celebrate local waterways like the Atoyac River.
It is a special place of worship due to its origination at the base of a cottonwood tree; an environmental irony where human interest and appreciation endangers what it seeks to appreciate.
The Amazon River is the world’s largest in water volume, and 2nd only to the Nile in surface water. It is the largest river basin, running through Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Bolivia and Brazil.
Florida has lost millions of acres of forest and wetlands to development. Dozens of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, coral and other creatures crowd the state’s list of endangered species.
Vast over-allocation of water, with very little (or sometimes none) left for waterways themselves, exceeds California’s actual freshwater supply by about fivefold.
Dams disrupt a waterway's ability to support vital ecosystems. They increase evaporation, and make coastlines vulnerable to storm surges and rising sea levels.
Over 30 million people rely upon the water from the Great Lakes, which touch eight states, and the Canadian province of Ontario.
Three rivers in Mexico, the Magdalena, Atoyac and San Pedro Mezquital, face significant threats including pollution and altered flows. A proposed dam would seriously damage the San Pedro Mezquital.
The Nez Perce tribe has been calling for the removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River.
Once a symbol of ingenuity and engineering prowess, the latest research shows that dams destroy river ecosystems and adversely affect human health and well-being.
Calling for the creation of a new legal and social paradigm to ensure current and future generations with adequate supplies of clean water.
Securing rights for nature would mean that rivers have a right to clean water and adequate flows, and ecosystems have a right to integral health free from pollution.
Guest Blogger Laura Villa gives us the scoop on the Atrato River in Colombia gaining legal rights.
Coral reefs across the planet are under attack. How can Earth Law help protect these vital ecosystems?
A convention to legally recognize and protect the Rights of the Pacific Ocean is one way that Pacific Islanders can develop a system to adapt to, mitigate and address the root cause of climate change.
Coral reefs are facing multiple threats across the globe, but Earth Law can help save them.
Ocean Rights Manager at ELC Michelle Bender discusses Ocean Rights and the heart of the Earth Law approach.
The Earth Law framework for marine protected areas comes to Fernando de Noronha Archipelago in Brazil.
Rights of Nature has taken root in the Philippines. ELC and Philippines Earth Justice Center are exploring how to advance the movement and incorporate the Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas.
Earth Law Center and Philippines Earth Justice Center partner to advance the Rights of Nature movement, and integrate Earth Law concepts into their existing conservation efforts.
ELC & partners are seeking rights recognition for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population and the Salish Sea. Learn more about orcas and the threats to their survival.
The Native Tnglit people of Southeastern Alaska depends on local ecosystems for their diets and livelihoods. They have created a coalition to protect their environment from damage by commercial activity.
Threats facing sharks in the Galápagos Islands, and the Earth Law solutions that can help protect them.
Current methods for protecting Earth’s oceans fall short in many ways. Learn how the holistic, systems and rights-based approach outlined by the Earth Law Ocean Framework addresses the threats facing Earth’s oceans.
Plastic pollution in Earth's oceans seriously threatens marine ecosystem health; current environmental laws have failed to address this global issue.
The Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas serves as a tool for adopting a holistic and rights-based approach to ocean governance; protecting both nature and humans from co-violations of their rights at sea.
Puget Sound is the 3rd largest estuary in the U.S. The health of species within these waters are intricately tied to human activities both on the land and water.
In Spring 2017, ELC launched the Rights of the Ocean Initiative to promote an Earth-centered paradigm in ocean governance.
The convergence of two major ocean currents turn the waters of coastal Uruguay into a rich ecosystem, and nursery for fish, seabirds, and whales.
The Patagonian Shelf is a highly productive ecosystem due to the mixing of the warm saline waters of the Brazil Current and the cooler, nutrient rich sub-Antarctic waters.
IMPAC4 met in Chile with over 1000 participants from 80 countries, including the Prince of Monaco, President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and renowned oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Despite many successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), our world's seas and oceans continue to suffer from pollution and degradation. What the seas and oceans need is a paradigm shift so that other species and ecosystem needs are equally important to human ones.
Earth Law Center is promoting a new paradigm for ocean governance- one that focuses on the Ocean’s own well-being and is guided by principles of sustainability, ecosystem health, precaution and interconnectedness.
Legally recognizing the inherent rights of the Elliott State Forest could help strengthen its protection.
Plastic pollution on Earth is downright rampant. How can Earth Law help us reverse this trashy trend?
See how the Earth Law movement manifests itself across the world!
Artificial light affects bats in a variety of ways. Earth Law could be a solution.
What is cryptobiotic soil, and what can we do as Earth Law advocates to protect it?
How can corporations help alleviate the environmental crisis and in what ways is corporate sustainability falling short?
Earth Law can be used as a tool to revolutionize our use of energy sources, reduce our reliance on nonrenewable energy sources, and lessen our emissions of greenhouse gases.
Insects are small but important to virtually every ecosystem on Earth. Earth Law can help address the threats facing them today.
Addressing the global water crisis will require going beyond existing solutions.
Climate change will affect subsequent generations more than us. That generation is already starting to speak up for their rights to a healthy, sustainable future.
How can Earth Law combat the inhumane treatment of animals in the agricultural industry?
Sí Por La Naturaleza and ELC are partnering to protect El Salvador’s diminishing forests using a Rights of Nature framework.
We can use a broader vision of veganism to mobilize environmentalism and the Earth Law movement more effectively.
We are all consumers, and our consumption produces waste that has negative impacts on the environment. How can we be better, more conscious consumers and create less waste?
Our growing understanding of how plants interact with the environment can help us fight for Rights of Nature.
In our increasingly urban world, wildlife corridors allowing free, safe movement for life are more important than ever.
Helen George discusses effective writing and communication techniques for Earth Law advocates.
How does Earth Law and Rights of Nature fit into the new environmental plan from U.S. Democrats?
Nature and the world’s economies are intertwined. Giving nature rights will benefit us materially as well as environmentally.
Costa Rica is a model for conservation and green political action. Is Earth Law the next step?
Earth Law Center has submitted the first Amicus Brief in New York state to support rights of nature and protect the Nelson Mandela Community Garden.
Learn about the power of volunteering and some of the people that help shape Earth Law Center.
How Earth Law can help protect Indonesia’s forests from the Palm Oil industry.
Protecting a natural spring from urban development, and discussing its significance to people and nature.
Understanding the power and importance of language for the people, cultures, and movements like Earth Law that make up our planet.
Miklós Antal, an ecological economist, discusses how human consumption is affecting Earth’s future.
The case for animal rights, the evolution of the legal movement, and how Earth Law embraces a worldview that values and protects all species.
Earth Law Center leaders discuss the social and environmental history of Seneca Lake, and how establishing rights for the lake can restore its ecosystems.
Human psychological well-being is intimately connected to the collective health of all life on Earth.
Indigenous communities around the world are fighting to protect their rights and the rights of nature.