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In October 2020, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting "Voices of Nature 2020", a series of connected arts events that explore and promote the rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.
AELA runs conferences, workshops, seminars and training opportunities for people around Australia to achieve the goal of increasing the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred law, governance, economics and ethics.
Future Dreaming is managed by Indigenous and non-indigenous partners, to assist cross cultural understanding of Indigenous frameworks and practices for Caring for Country, and to share information about emerging Earth centred law and governance in Western legal systems.
The Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature provides information about the international Rights of Nature movement and to work with communities in Australia, to explore how changing the legal status of nature can help people protect the ecosystems most precious to them.
The Australian Peoples’ Tribunal (APT) for Community and Nature’s Rights is a permanent civil society institution and unique forum for ecological and social justice in Australia.
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 governance, with a focus on law, economics, education, ethics and the arts. AELA’s work is inspired by the theory and practice of Earth jurisprudence, which is a governance philosophy and growing social movement. Earth jurisprudence 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 Australian Earth Laws Alliance acknowledges that the sovereignty of the First Nations People of the continent now known as Australia was never ceded by treaty nor in any other way.
AELA acknowledges and respects First Nations Peoples’ laws and ecologically sustainable custodianship of Australia over tens of thousands of years through land and sea management practices that continue today.
The 2019 Citizens’ Inquiry into the Health of the Barka / Darling River and Menindee Lakes will be released in early 2020.
A preview of the report–containing the front matter and table of contents only–demonstrates the scope of the report, and is available to view via the following link:
This publication is the first produced by the Australian Earth Laws Alliance’s “Earth Ethics Program”, which offers a space for people to explore ideas and actions that stem from our interconnectedness with, and dependence upon, the living world. Our ethical values are critically important; the way we think about ourselves and understand our world informs the governance systems that guide our societies, so our ethical world view is a critical part of the roots for larger change. Earth ethics orient people towards recognising the interconnected systems of life that we are part of, and in turn help us reflect, make decisions and act in a way that nurtures rather than destroys the living world.
Diane Evers, a Member of the Western Australian Parliament, has introduced a Bill to recognise the Rights of Nature and Future Generations. This is the first time that legislation aiming to recognise the rights of nature has been introduced in an Australian Parliament.
The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is working with communities and organizations in Australia, to advance the Rights of Nature. AELA assisted with legal and drafting advice for the legislation and congratulates MP Evers for introducing the Bill.
In 2020, the Earth Arts Collective will be hosting workshops, talks and discussions, and preparing for our biennial Rights of Nature arts exhibitions and events – Voices of Nature 2020.