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  • February 20th 12pm PST on “How Earth Law can help reduce ocean plastic.” (Zoom)

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“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 @ mbender@earthlaw.org if you want support implementing the framework where you are.

Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager, speaking at the 10th anniversary symposium in Quito Ecuador.

Michelle Bender, Ocean Rights Manager, speaking at the 10th anniversary symposium in Quito Ecuador.

An animated video about our ocean plastic problems from ELC volunteer Nayla Basma.

Check out this donate pitch from champion ocean rower Roz Savage on the need for better ocean protection laws. Our organization works with local communities to help draft laws that protect oceans and the life that relies on them. Donate to Earth Law Center to help us further our efforts today!

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.