Right now in Ecuador the first international summit of the emergent nature rights movement is being held. From January 13 to 17 key leaders will analyse the experiences of communities in Ecuador, Bolivia and USA that have implemented Rights of Nature laws.
At the conclusion, a public tribunal will hear key cases including the threat to the Great Barrier Reef, and a model will be devised on how to adjudicate rights of nature in courts of law.
Here in northern NSW, as we pack up to head for Maules Creek to join the blockade to protect Leard Forest and prepare to boycott gas exploration drilling in Bentley, let’s support this global movement. It may be our only hope in the sinister alliance of corporations and government being discussed secretly under the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement with its state–investor disputes planned to be held in private tribunals.
Our precious environment is being traded off by our current state and federal governments who clearly don’t give a damn. At the very least please google Rights of Nature. It might give you hope!
Jill Keogh, Federal