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Grounding Earth Law with Ecological Governance

One of the key questions facing those engaged in the evolution of Earth Law is how to ground a whole systems approach into practical, workable, every day law. It was therefore heartening to discover Dr Olivia Woolley’s recently published work, Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law’s Role in Ecosystem Functionality (Cambridge University Press,

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Creating a New Story for Law

Living Bridge 2As our insight into the radical interconnectedness of all life grows, it is impossible to ignore the colossal failure of our current legal and governance systems to support and maintain a healthy, habitable planet. We have sought to increase human wellbeing (or rather – the wellbeing of a relative minority of humans) at the expense of climate,

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Launch of the Earth Law Solutions Forum

School of fishDo you ever get the feeling that as a species we are going around in circles? Looking for solutions in the place where the problems were originally created? Acting out of habit, with short-sightedness and a distinct lack of vision as to what is possible if we apply our hearts and minds in a creative and holistic way to the issues we face?

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Report from the Centre of the Earth

DSC_0001Last 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.

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What Informs How We Behave?

Recently, while watching Anna Breytenbach’s fascinating documentary, The Animal Communicator, it occurred to me that I do not habitually listen for information beyond the obvious – the obvious being what I hear going on around me and how things look to my eyes, that is from my “Western consensus reality” perspective.

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Unconstitutional Closure of Fundación Pachamama in Ecuador

On 4th December 2013 the Ministry of the Environment in Ecuador closed down the offices of Fundación Pachamama. For the last 16 years, Fundación Pachamama has worked in solidarity with indigenous organizations of Ecuador’s Amazon to defend their rights and their homelands. It played a fundamental role in the establishment of the Rights of Nature in Ecuador’s constitution.

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A Scottish Community’s Response to Extreme Energy Extraction

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Drawing inspiration from the Community Bill of Rights movement in the USA, the town of Falkirk in Scotland is leading the way in the UK by creating its own Community Charter,

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