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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 …

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

by Michelle Maloney

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

Lake Erie Bill of Rights Passes With 61% of the Vote

In a special municipal election yesterday, citizens in Toledo, Ohio, USA, passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which establishes that Lake Erie, and the Lake Erie watershed, possesses "the right to exist, flourish, and naturally evolve". It further states …

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe Legally Recognized the Rights of Wild Rice. Here’s Why

By Winona LaDuke.

Manoomin (“wild rice”) now has legal rights. At the close of 2018, the White Earth band of Ojibwe passed a law formally recognizing the Rights of Manoomin. According to a resolution, these rights were recognized because “it …

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

A special hearing of the Australian Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights


For full details about the Citizens' Inquiry, please visit the dedicated page on the Australian Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights website.

The Citizens’ …

Rights of Nature arguments help stop a dolphinarium being built in Quito, Ecuador

Last week, Ecuador’s government said NO to a dolphinarium project that had been proposed for Salinas, a coastal Ecuadorian city. The Ecuadorian Animal Movement (MAN) challenged a Venezuelan corporation proposing to build the dolphinarium and import bottle nosed dolphins, which …

Blue Mountains Greens candidate supports rights of humans and nature

Human rights lawyer, engineer and businessman Kingsley Liu has been announced as the Greens candidate for the state seat of Blue Mountains.

The Katoomba grandfather said that human rights and the rights of nature are his two great passions. “We …