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Yesterday, on World Environment Day, the Legislative Assembly of El Salvador approved a pronouncement deeming that “forests are living entities.” The pronouncement also states that each person must commit to caring for, preserving, and respecting forests and to promoting concrete actions... - June 07, 2019
Today, Earth Law Center finalized a contract with Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory, U.S., of the famed “red and black” Aspen Casebook Series, to publish the first ever law school textbook on Earth Law, including the Rights of Nature movement, entitled "Earth Law: Emerging Ecocentric Law." - May 23, 2019
Today, a coalition of environmental and social leaders - including lawyers, engineers, and university students - announced the formation of a group called Yes for the Rights of Nature (“Sí por los Derechos de la Naturaleza”). The group’s first campaign is to recognize El Salvador’s natural forests as living entities possessing fundamental rights. - March 30, 2019
Today, Earth Law Center (ELC) announces the launch of a Community Toolkit for Rights of Nature as a free tool for local communities wishing to strengthen their protection of Nature. - March 28, 2019
A coalition of groups (NGO’s, community groups, scientists, lawyers and indigenous peoples) unveiled today their Declaration on the Rights of the Southern Resident Orcas (http://legalrightsforthesalishsea.org/petition), urging all levels of government to recognize the inherent rights of the Southern Residents. This recognition has renewed urgency with a new calf born to the Southern Residents who have not produced a surviving offspring in three years. - January 25, 2019
Today, the Convention for the Rights of the Pacific Ocean, a group of environment and ocean experts from 8 countries who met in Auckland, issued a Statement which recognizes and acknowledges our kinship with the Ocean, and our responsibilities to the Ocean. - January 10, 2019
Today, the Bosnia River Action Network (BRAN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, seeks recognition of rights for the beautiful Doljanka River, one of the few wild rivers left in Europe which is now being threatened by a hydropower plant. Members include Eko akcija (“eco action”) and Gotusa, Green Visions and Earth Law Center. - November 13, 2018
Organization for the Conservation of Cetaceans (OCC-Uruguay) celebrated the 5th anniversary of the creation of Uruguay’s Whale and Dolphin Sanctuary which prohibits all harm and activities that may harm whales and dolphins within Uruguay’s exclusive economic zone. - November 02, 2018
Earth Law Center announced today it has been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits. - October 11, 2018
Hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Grant Wilson, Directing Attorney at Earth Law Center will present a 90-minute seminar on legal developments in the field of rights of nature, with an emphasis on educating law students and legal professionals – including lawyers and judges. - October 05, 2018
Threatened by pollution and vessel traffic, the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales are down to 74 individuals and need evolved protection so they can continue to exist, thrive and evolve. The solution is Earth Law. - October 03, 2018
Today, Earth Law Center and the River Ethiope Trust Foundation (“RETFON”) launch an initiative to establish legal rights for the River Ethiope in Nigeria. The River Ethiope would be the first waterway in Africa to be recognized as a living entity. Amongst the rights sought for the River... - March 14, 2018
In December 2016, Earth Law Center (ELC) released its second annual report detailing co-violations of human rights and nature’s rights around the globe (available at: http://bit.ly/ELCCoVi). As put forth by the report, humans and nature possess fundamental and inalienable rights. Rights “co-violations”... - December 29, 2016
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