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Welcome to the Australian Earth Laws Alliance website

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a national not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance and ethics (or 'Earth jurisprudence') in Australia. Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement.  It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.

The need for new governance systems has never been greater: as we face a climate changed world and transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together and nurturing the wider Earth community.

AELA works to build long term systemic change, so that human societies can shift from human centred to Earth centred governance.  Our vision is to create human societies that live within their ecological limits, respect the rights of nature and enjoy productive, sustainable economies that nurture the health of the wider Earth community.

AELA carries out its work by supporting multi-disciplinary teams of professionals engaged in research, education, publications, community capacity building and creating new models of Earth friendly governance.  Our team includes indigenous community leaders, lawyers, economists, scientists, deep ecologists, artists and community development practitioners.  AELA works on a membership-participation model and is powered by committed volunteers, who work together as individuals and organisations across Australia.  All our work is driven by our members’ interests and commitment – so become a member and get involved!

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, which brings together more than 80 organisations around the world, who support Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature.  AELA participates in the UN Harmony for Nature initiative, is an affiliate of the Earth Charter and a partner of the Global Footprint Network.

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Annual Conference, New Economy Network Australia, 19-21 October 2018, Melbourne

Everyone’s invited to join the new economy movement, and meet up at the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) Annual Conference in Melbourne, from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st October 2018. More details about the conference will be available soon. To find out more about NENA, please visit: www.neweconomy.org.au AELA is a co-founder and auspice organisation …

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International Symposium, 25-26 October 2018, Brisbane – “Exploring our Legal Relationship with the Living World: Caring for Country, Rights of Nature and Legal Personhood”

This international symposium will bring people together from around the world, to share their knowledge and insights about how ancient and emerging ecological law and governance systems are working in the 21st century, and what more can be done to strengthen ecological governance, and respond to the escalating environmental crises, in the coming decades.

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Peoples Tribunal for the Rights of Nature Australia 2018, Saturday 27th October 2018

The Rights of Nature Australia (RONA) Peoples Tribunal is a unique forum for ecological and social justice in Australia. It has been created to enable people to share their concerns about the destruction of the environment, articulate their vision for ecological justice and law reform, and work collectively to develop their ideas for building an Earth centred society.

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