“It should be obvious that we are a part of nature, not apart from nature, and that what we do to the living world we do to ourselves.” Dr. Sylvia Earle
Marine protected areas can play an important role in protecting and restoring ocean health. Earth Law can ensure that the highest objective for designation and management is protection and restoration.
The Earth Law framework goes beyond the traditional methods of “resource” management[ii] to provide a clear legal mandate for managing protected areas as part of a system,[iii] and as part of the whole that humans are also a part of.
What does legal rights for the ocean mean? Read more with responses to frequently asked questions.
Together we can ensure a healthy and thriving ocean.
Contact Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager @ firstname.lastname@example.org if you want support implementing the framework where you are.
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.
Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager at Earth Law Center, discusses the Earth Law Framework for Marine Protected Areas at the EarthX Conference in Dallas, TX.