The town of Crestone, Colorado approved a resolution recognizing the rights of nature, joining the growing number of communities around the world that recognize nature’s inherent rights.
We are excited to welcome Devon Kearney as the Director of Development for the Earth Law Center.
Earth Law Center together with Earth Thrive announced a rights of nature campaign in Serbia, specifically to combat excessive pesticide use.
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 email@example.com
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 spearheaded the effort at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to incorporate rights of nature into the IUCN's Programme of work and priorities. We are pleased to announce that this work was successful: the IUCN has just completed the final 2017-2020 Programme, which commits to rights of nature as a key strategy. Read ELC's media release on recent IUCN and UN actions here. Also at the IUCN Congress, ELC led a joint workshop on "Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature," which explored the latest developments on the rights of nature and our responsibilities towards nature, and reparations for ecological damage.
ELC and partners of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance (BARoNA) held a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Antioch, CA. An esteemed panel of Judges listened to witness and expert testimony on nature's, community and human rights violations that have occurred due to reduced flow in the Delta, and will occur with the Governor's Delta Tunnel Plan. What Did the Delta Say? Read the media release and ELC's closing remarks as prosecutor.
Earth Law, July 6-16, Vermont Law School: ELC once again taught the two-credit Earth Law to talented future attorneys, policymakers and advocates at Vermont Law School's Summer Session.
On June 4-7 in Claremont, California, ELC spoke on two rights of nature tracks at the international conference “Seizing an Alternative: Toward an Ecological Civilization."
The recent front-page article on water rights covered the growing demand for even "senior" water rights holders to help solve the ongoing drought. Who's not invited to the discussion? Waterways, like the Delta and our rivers and streams.
If corporations are entitled to human rights, why not nature? In Marin’s debate over how much development is good, the voice of nature has been noticeably absent.