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Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature

The Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature has been created by AELA to provide information about the Rights of Nature movement globally, and to work with interested communities in Australia, to explore how changing the legal status of nature can help people protect the ecosystems most precious to them.

Scroll down or visit AELA's dedicated Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature website for the latest information about AELA's Rights of Nature work in Australia and abroad.

Rights of Nature in Australian News

AELA's Rights of the Great Barrier Reef Campaign - sign our signature campaign, read the draft laws and support rights of the reef

Please visit the ACRN website to sign our petition, read draft Rights of Nature laws for the Great Barrier Reef and to join the movement to transform Australia's legal system

RONA18 - Week of events in Brisbane, to celebrate and showcase the Rights of Nature

You're invited to be part of our celebration of the Rights of Nature throughout October 2018

In October 2018, the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is hosting "RONA18" - a week of events in Brisbane that explore and promote the Rights of Nature.  The week includes a week long National Art Exhibition, and is also connected to regional arts events and responses around Australia during October.

Everyone's invited to join us.  For our fabulous 10 page program, please visit the RONA18 page of this website

Australian Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights

On 27 October 2018, AELA is hosting the second Peoples' Tribunal for Community and Nature's Rights at Banco Court in Brisbane. Visit the dedicated webpage for more information.

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change [14-18 May 2018]

In May 2018,  Dr. Michelle Maloney and Phoebe Bishop of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, worked with Lisa Mead, Director of the Earth Law Alliance UK, to lodge a formal submission to the PPT advocating for nature’s rights. The submission included evidence of harm caused to nature by unconventional oil and gas extraction. It also provided information about countries that have already banned fracking.  Expert testimony was provided by a range of experts, including Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law, Linda Sheehan of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and Mari Margil of CELDF, provided a defense of the rights of animals and plants; the rights of rivers, waterways and aquifers; the rights of the land and its sub-surface; and the rights of the climate system as a whole.

A summary of the PPT case, including links to the full submission, can be found here:

Rights of Nature for Australian Communities

Communities around Australia are exploring how Rights of Nature laws might help them protect their local ecosystems.  Community based projects are currently underway in Margaret River, Perth, the Blue Mountains and in communities connected to the Great Barrier Reef.  Updates and model laws will soon be available to share.

For information about the Rights of Nature for Australian communities please read our document: Rights of Nature 2018 - Information for Australian communities. [1.2MB

If you or others in your community have questions about how Rights of Nature laws can work, please get in touch anytime:

Exploring the Legal Status of Nature (ELSN)

Exploring the Legal Status of Nature is an ACRN project (2017-2018) that aims to bring together academics, legal practitioners, First Nations Peoples and environmental and animal protection activists and groups in Australia, to explore innovative laws from around the world and legal approaches in Australia. The goal is to create an accessible analysis of existing laws and create normative frameworks and proposals, about how the legal status of nature could be transformed in Australia.

The project includes workshops in Perth, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Brisbane between June and November 2017.  A major symposium will be held in mid-late 2018, to bring participants together to share their research and an edited collection of papers from the project will be published in late 2018 or early 2019.  The published research will offer a unique set of materials that community groups, activists and lawyers can use to advocate for the Rights of Nature.

Our next Community Information Night - via zoom/webinar

Our next Community Information Night about Rights of Nature in Australia is:
*** Monday evening, 30th April, 6.30pm-7.30pm Qld/AEST time

Everyone's welcome to join us, from anywhere in Australia and around the world.  We'll commence with a 20 minute update about Rights of Nature news in Australia and globally, followed by time for questions and discussions.  If you'd like to join us, please send an email to register, and we'll provide you with the zoom link for the meeting:

International Networks

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and works closely with  Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's (CELDF) International Center for the Rights of Nature.Read more about Rights of Nature laws around the world.

For more information, please visit the website of the Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature.