Second International Rights of Nature Tribunal- Lima

Final Verdict for Climate Change Case, Osprey Orielle Lake
When we think about the rights of nature we have to ask: Do we have the right to sell and destroy something that belongs to everyone and should be a shared commons? And, does it make any sense to try and protect nature and heal our damaged ecosystems by further subjecting nature to an economic and legal system that caused the damage int he first place?
— Final Verdict, Climate Change Case, Osprey Orielle Lake

In December 2014, the Second International Rights of Nature Tribunal coincided with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting (COP 20). Earth Defender José Isidro Tendetza Antun, Shuar leader from the Condor Mine region of Ecuador, was murdered only days before the Tribunal commenced. 13 judges from around the world heard 12 cases alleging violations to nature’s rights, human rights and indigenous rights.

  •  Conga- Cajamarca Mine
  •  Condor Mirador
  •  British Petroleum
  •  Belo Monte Dam
  •  River Basins
  •  Chevron/ Texaco
  •  Defenders of the Earth: Bagua
  •  Hydraulic Fracking
  •  Climate Change and False Solutions
  •  REDD (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation)
  •  Great Barrier Reef
  •  Yasuni

The Final Verdict is available here and affirmed “that all persons, groups and individual peoples have not only the right but the responsibility for protecting the rights of nature and condemns all these intimidating practices by companies and by the States, and stands in solidarity with all those affected.”