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.

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Blue Mountains City Council becomes First Council in Australia to Adopt Rights of Nature as a Foundational Principle

The Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) has become the first Local Council – and in fact the first Government entity – in Australia, to embed ‘Rights of Nature’ as a keystone concept into its operational practices, planning process and advocacy program.

On 27 April 2021, the Council unanimously resolved to proceed with a new program of action that will see Rights of Nature concepts inform its long-term planning and operational activities.

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Nurturing Earth-centred Ethics in a Changing World

27-28 November 2021

hybrid conference: ‘Online’ or ‘online and in person’

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is pleased to be hosting our Biennial Earth Ethics Conference from 27-28 November 2021. Join us for a thought-provoking two-day conference that will bring people together from a range of fields – including earth ethics, environmental education, Indigenous knowledge systems, environmental psychology, deep ecology, arts, law, science, business, religion and eco-spirituality.

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Earthwords and Artlings Anthology

Volume 1: Voices of Nature 2020

Now available, the first volume of AELA’s Earthwords and Artlings Anthology.

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Reimagining an Earth Centered Economy with Michelle Maloney

Have a listen to AELA’s National Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney, chat with “Post Growth Australia” podcast host Michael Bayliss, about Earth laws, Earth jurisprudence and Earth centred economies.

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Inspiring Earth Ethics: Linking Values and Action

Earth Ethics Australia – Volume 1

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.

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