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Rights of Nature 2020

AELA is pleased to invite you to join us and our partners, as we explore and celebrate the living world, in our biennial Rights of Nature Week, from 12-18 October 2020

Monday October 12 - 4.30pm AEDT (NSW-Vic-Tas Time) - ONLINE - Deep Listening in the Natural World - an experience hosted by the Faith Ecology Network, featuring one of Australia's leading wildlife sound recording experts, Andrew Skeoch - more details and book here

Tuesday October 13 - 6pm to 7.30pm AEST- ONLINE - Public lecture - Dr Michelle Maloney (AELA) and Mary Graham (Future Dreaming, UQ, Blackcard) - "Rights of Nature, Earth jurisprudence and Caring for Country - an Australian approach to Earth Laws". Book your ticket here

Wednesday October 14 - 6pm to 7.30pm AEST - IN PERSON (BRISBANE) AND ONLINE - Opening Night - Voices of Nature Arts Exhibition, West End Brisbane and via zoom. Join us for the launch of the Voices of Nature Arts Exhibition, and the "Earthwords and Artlings Anthology" - Book your ticket here.

Thursday October 15 - 5.30pm to 6.30pm AEST - ONLINE - LAUNCH EVENT: Final Report from the Citizens' Inquiry into the Health of the Barka/Darling River and Menindee Lakes . Book your FREE ticket here.

Thursday October 15 - 6.30pm to 8pm AEST - ONLINE/WEBINAR - "Eradicating Ecocide: The Global Campaign", with guest speakers Jojo Mehta (Stop Ecocide) and Dr Gwynn MacCarrick (UTAS). Book your FREE ticket here.

October 14 -16 - ONLINE - 3-Day International Earth Laws Conference - "Earth Laws Asia Pacific: Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit."
Please visit our Conference Webpage, for our list of amazing guest speakers. To register, book here.

October 14-18 - Voices of Nature Arts Exhibition, "Vacant Assembly", Brisbane - read more

October 19 - Earth Laws Reading Group.  AELA member Aviva Reed and colleagues will be commencing an Earth Laws/Rights of Nature reading group for all interested people.  For more information, visit their website here  or email:


  • Saturday 7 November from 9am to 3pm - ONLINE - Citizens' Inquiry into the 2019/2020 Bushfires. More details soon.


'Voices of Nature 2020’ is the Australian Earth Laws Alliance arts program for 2020.  It brings together acoustic ecology and visual arts communities, to celebrate the Rights of Nature, and encourage the exploration of the concepts of voice, standing, representation, and agency of the natural world within human governance systems.

The arts program includes a Public Lecture & Workshop Series, the Brisbane-based National Exhibition and our fantastic Virtual Gallery.  Other events include: AELA’s International Earth Laws Conference – “Earth Laws Asia Pacific: Earth, Sea, Fire, Spirit” (October 14 -16, see and the Australian Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights, (October 17, see .

Join us for these fascinating and provocative online lectures and workshops

** If you miss any of our public lectures or workshop, please visit the Earth Arts website for recordings**

The Rights of Nature movement is grounded in the recognition that humanity is just one member of the wider Earth community, and that we have evolved with, and are dependent upon, a healthy, interconnected web of life on Earth. Rights of Nature laws and new governance systems are emerging around the world. For more information about the Rights of Nature, visit the Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature - an initiative of AELA.