Media Release: First Rights of Nature bill introduced in Australia

Diane Evers, a Member of the Western Australian Parliament, has introduced a Bill to recognise the Rights of Nature and Future Generations. This is the first time that legislation aiming to recognise the rights of nature has been introduced in an Australian Parliament.

The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is working with communities and organizations in Australia, to advance the Rights of Nature. AELA assisted with legal and drafting advice for the legislation and congratulates MP Evers for introducing the Bill.

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The Rights of Nature: Building a New People’s Movement for the Earth

Guest Blog Post By Mari Margil, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

When Dr. Seuss’s Lorax sees the Truffula trees being destroyed, he declares: “I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.”

No tongues, indeed. But today, trees are gaining a voice, and nature is speaking for itself and defending its own rights to exist and thrive.

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There’s a growing push to give nature legal rights, but what would that mean?

Mother Earth, Gaia, Pachamama, Papatuanuku: different cultures have long used human metaphors to define nature.

But while there’s evidence that anthropomorphism can help foster empathy and respect for the environment, there’s a movement of people arguing that metaphors don’t carry the legal clout needed to ward off what the UN has described as an impending “planetary catastrophe”.

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