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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.

2019 Citizens’ Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes, 19-29 March 2019, Western NSW

The Citizens’ Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes will give communities a fair, unbiased forum to share their stories and evidence about what’s happening to the Darling River. They’ll also be able to make recommendations about what needs to happen to restore ecological and community wellbeing.

For more information please visit our dedicated Australian Peoples’ Tribunal website.

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East Gippsland New Economy and Bioregional Governance Events, April 2019, Lake Tyers, Victoria

In April, AELA will be hosting a two day workshop in East Gippsland, focussing on bioregional governance and the GreenPrints project, and we’ll also be participating in the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) Regional Symposium in East Gippsland on 10 and 11 April.

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Building Earth Ethics in Australia: Pathways and Challenges, 28-29 November, Melbourne

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 – to address our central questions: How do we build Earth-centred ethics in Australia? What barriers prevent people …

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Stygofauna Nests - Jude Roberts & Helen Hardess

AELA Earth Arts 2019

This year, the Earth Arts Collective will be hosting workshops, talks and discussions, and preparing for our biannual Rights of Nature arts exhibitions and events next year – RONA2020.

To stay up to date with developments, please sign up to our Earth Arts newsletter and visit our Earth Arts website.

Featured Image: Stygofauna Nests – Jude Roberts and Helen Hardess, members of the AELA Earth Arts Collective

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