Law and Governance for Life
We also seek an expansion of the role of lawyers. In addition to, or sometimes instead of, ‘Westernised’ ways of thinking and acting, we want to bring nature fully into our hearts and minds, and into our meeting rooms, so that collectively we can make more holistic and inclusive decisions at this time of ecological and climate crisis. At the moment, our legal systems and governance structures lag behind our scientific understanding of how living systems function. They do not take into account what is required to protect Earth and encourage truly sustainable living. In short – our legal systems are not fit for purpose. We need new, innovative, legal frameworks and governance systems to enable people, other species and our entire planet to thrive.
Ideas and understanding of how to create and implement laws and governance systems that ensure a healthy planet are already developing. International laws, Constitutional laws, national laws and local laws are already emerging that seek to meet the challenge of creating life-sustaining communities.
The Earth Law Alliance offers a collaborative platform for multi-disciplinary sharing and learning about ideas, philosophies, successes and failures in developing and using law to protect all life.