2019 archive

Media Release: First Rights of Nature bill introduced in Australia

24 Nov, 2019

Rights of Nature and Future Generations Bill Introduced in Western Australian Parliament



Dr Michelle Maloney
Australian Centre for …

Recognizing Rights of Great Barrier Reef Could Help Defeat Destructive Coal Mine Project

Conventional environmental laws have allowed Adani’s Carmichael coal mine go forward in Australia. It’s time we changed them.

Recently, groundwater extraction permits were granted for the controversial Carmichael coal mine project in …

Rights of nature laws are key to protecting Blue Mountains: Greens candidate

Affording nature the same rights as a person is an emerging legal movement globally that is gathering steam in Australia, says the Federal Greens candidate for Macquarie.

Kingsley Liu said that rights of nature laws are the key to protecting

The Rights of Nature: Building a New People’s Movement for the Earth

Guest Blog Post By Mari Margil, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

When Dr. Seuss’s Lorax sees the Truffula trees being destroyed, he declares: “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

No …

Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations and Nature

The Green Institute - Rebalancing Rights: Communities, Corporations And Nature

Rebalancing Rights - book coverThis collection began its life as an exploration of the concept of Rights of Nature. However, in early research and conversations it swiftly became clear that it would be …

Resilience in the Face of a Water Crisis

Lake Menindee boat ramp at Sunset Strip.

Blog from Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes - 27 March, 2019

I just returned home after a whirlwind series of public hearings of the Citizen’s Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River

Public Hearings in Menindee: ‘ground zero’ of the Darling River crisis

Menindee Local

Blog from Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes - 24 March, 2019

Our first week of Public Hearings, in Mildura/Buronga, Wentworth and Broken Hill--as part of the Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the

Reflections from the first days of the Citizens’ Inquiry

Blog from Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the Darling River and Menindee Lakes - 23 March, 2019

by Michelle Maloney

We’ve had three full days and one half day of Public Hearings for the Citizens' Inquiry into the Health

There’s a growing push to give nature legal rights, but what would that mean?

By environment reporter Nick Kilvert

Mother Earth, Gaia, Pachamama, Papatuanuku: different cultures have long used human metaphors to define nature.

But while there's evidence that anthropomorphism can help foster empathy and respect for the environment, there's a movement of people …

Giving legal rights to nature

Can nature, rivers, mountains or animals, have legal rights - just like people? Legal rights will change the relationship we have with nature and that’s crucial to really protect the environment.

Recorded at the Australian Earth Laws Alliance's "International Symposium: …