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Earth Arts – RONA16

AELA is holding Australia’s first Rights of Nature Tribunal in Brisbane on 22nd October 2016.  This citizen’s tribunal will hear cases presented by citizens and Earth lawyers concerned about the destruction of ecosystems in Australia.  To support the Tribunal and promote cultural engagement with the emerging movement around the Rights of Nature, AELA is coordinating a national arts celebration - 'Rights of Nature Australia 2016' or 'RONA16'. Our intention is to blend the creative re-interpretation of environmental governance with cultural responses to the rights of the natural world to flourish.

Please click on the links below for detailed information about RONA16:

  • To visit our dedicated RONA16 website - please click here 
  • For a copy of our RONA16 flyer, please click here.
  • For further information about the Rights of Nature Tribunal Australia, please click here.
  • To find out how you can participate in RONA16, please click here or scroll down for more information.


AELA is facilitating the following activities:

  • A National Art Exhibition at the Brisbane Powerhouse, from 26 September to 24 October, called 'Plenty'
  • Bio-Regional Arts Exhibitions and Events around Australia in September/October 2016
  • Sharing work from artists around Australia on the dedicated RONA16 website 'Gallery' page
  • Artist in Residence program linked to the Tribunal. Please click here for a copy of the Call for Participation for the Artist in Residence program.

Click on this groovy interactive map to see some of the events
that have registered to be part of RONA16 so far -


AELA is inviting artists and communities around Australia to create their own unique 'responses' to the Rights of Nature Tribunal and promote their activities on the AELA RONA16 website.

Creative responses to the Rights of Nature Tribunal can include a wide range of activities, for example:

  • Art exhibitions
  • Story telling sessions
  • Plays
  • Dance Performances
  • Music and drama
  • School arts activities
  • Creative Conversations - dinner parties, BBQs and other gatherings dedicated to celebrating our natural world and discussing the importance of recognising the rights of nature


  • HOST AN EVENT - Tell us about your proposed exhibition, event or activity by filling out the RONA16 Event Application Form, by clicking here.  Make sure you tell us how your proposed event will address the RONA16 themes, outlined below. Then email your application form to:  We’ll respond within 10 working days.  All activities that are endorsed by AELA will be hosted on our ‘Gallery’ webpage (available soon) and will be part of the RONA16 media promotions.
  • PARTICIPATE ‘VIRTUALLY’ AND SHOW YOUR ART ON THE RONA16 WEBSITE: If you are an individual artist who’d like to participate by sharing your art virtually, rather than hosting an event, please fill out the Virtual Participation Form by clicking here. Make sure you tell us how your work will address the RONA16 themes, outlined below.  Then email your application form to: We’ll respond within 10 working days.  All work that is accepted by AELA will be hosted on our ‘Gallery’ webpage (available soon) and will be part of the RONA16 media promotions.
  • CONNECT WITH OTHERS IN YOUR REGIONIf you are an individual artist who would like to contribute to an event: (i) visit the Gallery page (available soon) and contact other artists and exhibitions you might like to work with, or (ii) send an email to: and we’ll connect you with events in your regions.

For more information, email:


All RONA16 events and responses will respond and relate to the following inter-connected themes, in the full spectrum from meta to micro nuances:

(Initial reading about these themes can be found on AELA’s website -


Reveal, reflect and critique the current flawed paradigm of western law which Imagine and create the paradigm we’re proposing – Earth laws and rights of nature
Privileges humans over other forms of life Humans are one part of nature – interconnected, interdependent with the Earth Community
Has created governance systems that do not reflect how the natural world works Human governance systems should be embedded in deep knowledge of local Earth communities
Is built on the idea that humans ‘own’ nature – nature is property, objectified, commodified (bought and sold), caged, fenced, destroyed Non-human agency is vital, the non-human world belongs to no-one; vibrant biodiversity is critical to life on earth
Gives ‘rights’ to humans and human created fictions – corporations, ships. While plants, animals, ecosystems have no rights, are invisible and ‘dead’ in the eyes of the law Recognising that all life and life supporting systems on Earth have “a right to exist, thrive and evolve”
Privileges western legal, scientific and evidentiary frameworks of knowledge Respects indigenous knowledge, human ‘lived’ experience, emotional and spiritual connections, as well as scientific and rational ways of knowing
Legalises the destruction of vital ecosystems and life support systems Holds all life sacred and balances reasonable human needs with the rights of the natural world to exist and evolve; would never prize human wants over the destruction of ecosystems