Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal – Fracking & Climate Change

The first ever Nature’s Rights hearings took place at the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change from 14-18 May 2018.

On 4th June 2018, 10 Judges of the Peoples’ Permanent Tribunal (PPT) delivered a Preliminary Statement on the impacts of fracking on human rights, nature’s rights and on climate change.

Prior to the oral hearings, on 31st March 2018, the petitioners on behalf of Nature’s Rights submitted written submissions, as follows:

The petitioners’ Submission draws on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. It articulates the rights of nature that must be recognised, in order for humans to heal their relationship with Earth, and for all of nature to survive and thrive.

On 15 & 16 May 2018, the petitioners on behalf of Nature’s Rights presented oral evidence, including various live and recorded witness statements to support their case.

Schedule for Nature’s Rights Oral Sessions

The full 110 min recording of Nature’s Rights Session 1, led by Lisa Mead of the Earth Law Alliance, is available to view below:

Session 1 Content: Petitioners on behalf of Nature, Lisa Mead of the Earth Law Alliance and Michelle Maloney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, made the case for Nature’s Rights at the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. They introduced Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law and Linda Sheehan of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, plus various witnesses who provided expert testimony relating to violations of nature’s rights caused by unconventional oil and gas extraction, specifically in relation to:-

  • the rights of animals and plants
  • the rights of rivers, waterways and aquifers

In making their case to the Tribunal, the petitioners are relying on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. They also reference the growing body of Rights of Nature and legal personhood laws around the world.

Nature’s Rights Hearing at Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change – Session 2

The full 105 min recording of Nature’s Rights Session 2, led by Dr. Michelle Maloney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance, is available to view below:

Session 2 Content: Petitioners on behalf of Nature, Michelle Maloney of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance and Lisa Mead of the Earth Law Alliance, made the case for Nature’s Rights at the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. They introduced Mari Margil of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, plus various witnesses who provided expert testimony relating to violations of Nature’s Rights caused by unconventional oil and gas extraction, in relation to:-

  • the land and its sub-surface – seismic impacts and pollution,
  • the rights of the climate system as a whole.

Click here for all the recordings of the PPT live hearings, including the Human Rights hearings.

More information about the full PPT hearing and the questions being addressed can be found here: https://www.tribunalonfracking.org/what-is-this-session-about/

Articles about the PPT on Fracking & Climate Change in the national news in Scotland:

The National, 9 June 2018

The Sunday Herald, 10 June 2018

The Ferret, 11 June 2018


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