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.
- Read more about Rights of Nature laws around the world.
- 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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rights of Nature in Australian News
- The Guardian Online 'It's only natural: the push to give rivers, mountains and forests legal rights', Jane Gleeson White, 1 April 2018
- ABC Online 'Calls to give legal rights to nature flow to WA's Southwest', by Jacqueline Lynch, 23 March 2018
- The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) have released a set of reports making recommendations about the 'next generation' of environmental laws at the Federal level in Australia. Recommendation 8.4, from "Technical Report No.8", recommends that rights of nature and legal personhood for nature, should be explored by law makers in Australia.
Communities exploring Rights of Nature laws in Australia
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.
Rights of Nature Australia 2018 (RONA18)
You're invited to be part of our celebration of the Rights of Nature throughout October:
- 22nd to 28th October 2018 - RONA18 (Rights of Nature Australia 2018) National Art Exhibition, Spring Hill Reservoirs, Brisbane
- The whole month of October 2018 - arts and creative events in communities around Australia - "RONA18 Regional Responses"
- 24th October 2018 - 1 Day Community Workshop, Brisbane - Practical 'hands-on' workshop: How to build a Rights of Nature campaign in your local community (details available soon)
- 25th and 26th October 2018 - International Symposium "Exploring our legal relationship with the living world", Brisbane
- Saturday 27th October - Rights of Nature Tribunal 2018, Brisbane
For more information about Rights of Nature laws, and how we might implement them in Australia, please visit our dedicated Rights of Nature webpage