A Great Report on the Global Tribunal for the Rights of Nature
Lisa Mead of EarthLawyers.org, in the UK, has done a wonderful review of the Tribunal in Ecuador last January, and she includes links to video recordings of all the presentations, the judgments and much more. This is a superb report aimed at people who want to understand the process in depth. The first couple of paragraphs are below; just click the link to continue.
Lisa, thank you!
Report from the Centre of the Earth
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Lisa Mead
Last month, I attended the first ever Ethics Tribunal for the Rights of Nature, which took place on 17th January 2014 in Quito, Ecuador. The international panel of judges, chaired by Dr Vandana Shiva, heard nine cases in what Dr Shiva described as a “Seed Tribunal”, in order to determine their admissibility for adjudication at a full hearing to be held later this year. I’ve waited to report on this until the videos and transcripts of the Tribunal become available online, which they are now at the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature website.
One of the key aims of the Tribunal was to show how the framework of existing law is failing to protect the natural world and the defenders of Mother Earth, and how things could look if Rights of Nature were enshrined in law. The Rights of Nature movement proposes a new jurisprudence that recognises the inherent right of nature to exist, persist, evolve and regenerate. [read more]