Cover image by Ian Sanderson
AELA is working with community groups and Indigenous groups in Margaret River, Western Australia, to explore how a Rights of Nature legal framework might secure the protection of the Margaret River and the local communities who depend on the river.
See the Guardian article by Jane Gleeson-White outlining the rights of nature developments in this community.
The emerging international rights-of-nature movement aims to address the way western legal systems treat nature as property, making the living world invisible to the law. It uses western legal constructs, such as personhood and rights-based approaches, to shift the status of nature from property to a subject in law in an effort to protect the natural world.