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Australian Peoples’ Tribunal for Community and Nature’s Rights

Public Inquiry: The Impacts of Industrial Scale Agriculture on the Rights of Nature

Saturday 27th October 2018 – 8.30am to 5pm
Banco Court, 415 George Street, Brisbane

The Tribunal is open to the public and tickets are only $10.  Book Now!

Join us for an important one day citizens' inquiry into the impact of industrial scale agriculture on Australia's ecosystems and local communities.

Agriculture is the largest single cause of deforestation, vegetation clearing and biodiversity loss around the world. In Australia, agriculture has had a devastating impact on our water systems - rivers, streams and groundwater. How can we change modern agricultural practices so that they support, rather than destroy, our precious ecosystems? How can we build human food systems within Australia's ecological limits?

The 2018 Tribunal is examining the impacts of industrial scale agriculture (food and fibre) and livestock production, on forests, native vegetation, biodiversity, soils, water and animals used for food production.

The Tribunal will also hear about solutions that support and restore biodiversity, soil and water systems, which embrace compassionate farming practices and support indigenous knowledge systems and ongoing cultural practices.

About the Australian Peoples' Tribunal

The Australian Peoples' Tribunal (APT)  for Community and Nature's Rights is a unique forum for ecological and social justice in Australia. It has been created as a permanent civil society institution in Australia,  to enable people to share their concerns about the destruction of the environment, articulate their vision for ecological justice and law reform, and work collectively to develop their ideas for building an Earth centred society.  

The Tribunal holds Public Inquiries and hears Ecological Justice Cases, brought on behalf of flora, fauna, ecosystems, bioregions and local communities around Australia.

As a ‘citizen’s tribunal’ the Peoples Tribunal is not a government endorsed activity nor do any of its activities, decisions or recommendations have the force of government-sanctioned law. A Tribunal Panel made up of First Nations Peoples, lawyers, community representatives and eminent scientists, hear Inquiries and Cases, and make recommendations for restorative justice, innovative law reform and socio-political reforms that will Care for Country and protect the Rights of Nature.

The Tribunal is a response to the failings of the current legal system to protect the natural world. Despite some excellent initiatives in environmental law, Australia’s legal, economic and political system is geared to support unsustainable, human centred development and limitless growth, which destroys the living world that we’re all part of, and which we depend upon. There are very few serious alternative approaches to creating a new, Earth centred system of law and governance in Australia, and the Tribunal has been created to support communities who want to work together to build a different, Earth centred law and governance system for Australia.

The 2018 Tribunal - The Impacts of Industrial Scale Agriculture on the Rights of Nature

The 2018 Tribunal is examining the impacts of industrial scale agriculture (food and fibre) and livestock production, on forests, native vegetation, biodiversity, soils, water and animals used for food production. 

The Tribunal will hear about impacts, as well as solutions that support and restore biodiversity, soil and water systems, which embrace compassionate farming practices and support indigenous knowledge systems and ongoing cultural practices.

The full program will be available shortly.

AUSTRALIAN SPEAKERS AND EXPERTS INCLUDE:
* Bruce Pascoe, author of Dark Emu
* Charles Massy, author of The Call of the Reed Warbler (via internet)
* Carolyn Suggate, Organic Regenerative Investment Cooperative
* Michael Croft
* Eva Perroni
* Carol Richards, QUT, Brisbane
* Other experts including First Nations Peoples, farmers, lawyers and scientists
 
INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS AND EXPERTS INCLUDE:
* Cormac Cullinan, South African attorney and author of "Wild Law"
* Eric Holt-Gimenez, Food First, USA
* Charles Levkoe, Lakehead University, Toronto, Canada
 
TRIBUNAL PANEL:
The Tribunal Panel includes First Nations People, lawyers and food systems experts, including:
* Mary Graham, Adjunct Associate Professor ,University of Queensland and Kombumerri First Nations People
* Gill Boehringer, Lawyer
* Dr Michelle Maloney, AELA
* Other panel members will be confirmed soon

 

The Tribunal is open to the public and tickets are only $10.  Book Now!