Third International Rights of Nature Tribunal- Paris

As we heard this morning, we will not bargain for the destruction of Mother Earth. We must insist on laws that recognize the inherent rights of nature. Any laws or conventions that aim for less must be rejected.
— Closign Statement, Linda Sheehan

The Third International Rights of Nature Tribunal held in Paris December 4-5, 2015, again coincided with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting (COP21). Internationally renowned lawyers and environmental justice leaders from around the world heard 8 cases over 2 days, including GMO and fracking cases. ELC's Linda Sheehan, served as Co-Prosecutor for the Earth, producing a well-received closing statement. In addition to turning away several thousand interested people due to lack of space, the Tribunal received international attention from the media; with stories published by Alternet, Open Democracy, DemocracyNow! and in many French outlets.

The cases covered:

  •  Financialization of Nature/ REDD
  •  Climate Crimes Against Nature
  •  Agro-food Industry and GMOs Threat
  •  Defenders of Mother Earth
  •  Hydraulic Fracking
  •  Mega Dams in the Amazon- Belo Monte & Tapajos
  •  Corralejas Colombia
  •  Victims of Mining de Rosia Montana
  •  Tar Sands of Canada
  •  Depletion of Marine Life
  •  Oil Exploitation Ecocides- Yasuni and Texaco/ Chevron

“The evidence presented at the Tribunal established beyond any doubt that human rights and the rights of Nature are inseparable, and that both are being systematically violated by systems based on arrogant delusions arising from the misconception that humans have the right and ability to dominate and exploit Earth.” Tribunal Offers Earth-Driven, Not Market- Driven, Solutions to Climate Change: Press Release.