The Teyuna Foundation is dedicated to sharing the wisdom of indigenous Teyunaleaders, 17 of whom will embark on their first-ever tour of the US spanning over 9,400 miles and 40 locations in 16 states from July 10 through September 14.
On September 15th, Legal Rights for the Salish Sea is hosting an event for the Salish Sea Day of Action. A documentary screening and panel discussion will explore how rights of nature can save the Southern Resident Killer Whales and maintain the health of the Salish Sea ecosystem.
A coalition of organizations including Earth Law Center submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for recognition of the rights of the Anchicayá River and every river in Colombia,
Earth Law Center has now completed the Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas, that serves as a guideline for how we can evolve the solution and use of marine protected areas to include the rights of the ocean.
Earth Law Center has launched an initiative to support local communities and indigenous groups in the Puget Sound and wider Salish Sea. As part of this initiative, ELC has partnered with the Nonhuman Rights Project to seek rights recognition for the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population in the Puget Sound.
The Earth Law Center is partnering with the River Ethiope Trust Foundation (“RETFON”) to launch an initiative to establish legal rights for the River Ethiope in Nigeria, the first in Africa to be recognized as a legal entity.
A coalition of river defenders filed a lawsuit against the State Water Resources Control Board for its failure to meet key Clean Water Act and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements intended to protect the ecological health of waterways.
"Granting legal rights to the Pacific Ocean allows lawsuits to be filed on behalf of ecosystems. “This means there is no longer a requirement to demonstrate personal human injury to protect and restore their (ecosystems’) health — a huge roadblock in environmental protection suits,” explains Michelle Bender of the Earth Law Center, a legal advocacy group."
"Darlene Lee is a visionary leader with an outstanding track record of success in building world class teams and growing businesses in Asia Pacific, Europe, and the United States. With Ms. Lee at the helm, ELC will become a major force in shifting the legal system to include nature’s rights.”
ELC has created an initiative to present to the UN Ocean Conference and to be attached to a subsequent voluntary commitment to support SDG 14. This initiative requests UN Ocean Conference members support the incorporation of the inherent rights of the ocean into the "Call for Action." To sign on in support, please email name, organization/affiliation, location and logo to firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on input from water-policy experts from across the state, California Water Governance for the 21st Century offers a blueprint for a sustainable water future. The report, co-authored by ELC and Stanford Law School's Environmental Law Clinic, addresses the shortcomings of California's inefficient and inequitable water management regime and offers a range of potential policies and strategies for transforming our water governance system into one that maximizes social and ecological well-being. Further reading here.
ELC released its second annual report detailing co-violations of human rights and nature’s rights around the globe. Rights co-violations occur when governments or industry, or both, impact humans and nature out of the same destructive activity. The report examines 200 instances of co-violations of rights worldwide and highlights specific solutions. The report is paired with an online map, where the public can also submit details on additional co-violations.
ELC has just released a new report compiling and analyzing 100 "co-violations" of human rights and nature's rights worldwide. We released the report at a workshop at which we shared information and debated solutions to this escalating problem. Read the press release here.