13 May 2013 - Wild Law UK's AGM,Sir Richard Steele pub, Chalk Farm, London, 6.30-8.30pm. Come and find out what Wild Law UK has been up, including updates from Wild Law UK’s Legal Drafting Group on some principles for a Rights of Nature Act, and initiatives from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Hear exciting initiatives from Lisa Mead (co-founder of the International Centre for Wholistic Law and a director of the Earth Law Alliance) and Jenefer Marquis (a Doctoral candidate in Visual Culture, University of Sydney, and Original Lawholder, Australia) from the Findhorn community in Scotland; and Mothiur Rahman from the Eradicating Ecocide campaign. To book your place for this unique event please contact: email@example.com
24-27 May 2013- Wildlife, wilderness and Wild Law weekend at Loch Lomond in Scotland. Organised by the UK Environmental Law Association. Book your place now to experience a weekend in Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park in the wilds of Scotland to discuss nature conservation law, challenges of wild land management in and around Scotland’s first national park, and Wild Law. More info here.
24-25 May and 26 May 2013 - Inaugural events of the International Centre for Wholistic Law at the Findhorn Foundation Community in Scotland. Wholistic law approaches law-making, legal practice and dispute resolution from a paradigm of healing, restoration and reparation, in alignment with the natural universal principles that govern the inter-existence of all life. · Evolving Earth Law: Co-creating a New Legal Paradigm (more info here) · Voices for the Earth: A Workshop in Community Eco-stewardship (more info here) To book please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0845 053 7625. 25 - 28 July 2013 - Resurgence weekend. Join the Wild Law group for an outdoor weekend of reflection and discussion. If you're interested please email us and we'll provide you with more details.
3-4 November 2012 - Whale of a Time Festival at Birkbeck College, London. Talk on 'Living Earth Law' by Carine Nadal (Wild Law UK member and Gaia Foundation). More info here.
13 November 2012 - Ethics, Sustainability and Eradicating Ecocide, speakers Polly Higgins and Sue Willman. 18.00 - 19.30 at the Institute of Advance Legal Studies. More info here.
30 September 2012 - Wild Law supporter Fereshteh Ehsan has been working on a documentary on Wild Law and Ecocide. More info here.
15 September - Don't miss Friends of the Earth's Conference Open Day and Imperial College London. Speakers include Vivienne Westwood, Caroline Lucas, Lidy Nacpil and many more. For booking and more info click here.
August 2012 -If you missed our summer festivals but would like to know what we talked about here are some slides that we used: Wild Law an Introduction.
14 May 2012 - Wild Law uK Annual General Meeting at the Sir Richard Steele, 97 Haverstock Hill, Primrome Hill London NW3 4RL. Agenda and more info here.
29 March 2012 - Democracy Matters discusses pre-emptive lawsuits by oil corporations to push through controversial projects, rights of nature and Community Rights Ordinances.
March 2012 - Can We Save the Environment and Our Communities By Giving Nature Legal Rights? Jason Mark discusses the Community Bill of Rights on AlterNet.
14 March 2012 - Rio +20 - time to change the narrative and get Ecocide, planetary boundaries and Earth Rights discussed at the Earth Summit, writes Phil England in the New Internationalist.
13 March 2012 - Polly Higgins presents her proposal for eradicating Ecocide and Peter Roderick presents on planetary boundaries in Parliament to the All Party Agroecology group.
15 February 2012 - Occupy for Nature's Right, a beautiful poem by Irene Schleining is published on the Rights of Mother Earth website.
26 January 2012 - Occupy London Energy, Equity and Environment Working Group issues statement on the Durban climate conference calling for systemic change to recognise the value of life, and rejecting market based approaches.
4 January 2012 - 'Guardians of Future Generations' a democratic body to represent interests of future people proposed in new report 'Guardians of the Future'. See this article in the Guardian.
15 December 2011 - The Occupy Times publishes an article on how a Community Bill of Rights could work within UK-based Occupy Communities.
20 November 2011 - Ipsos MORI opinion poll on the British public in November 2011, commissioned by the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development and the Intergenerational Foundation found a majority of people placed the needs of future generations of all people living on Earth above future generations of their own family, and over a fifth of people place the needs of future generations of all "plants and animals living on Earth" first. It also found that 45% of people think that passing on a healthy planet is more important than passing on a thriving economy.
14 November 2011 - Wild Law UK celebrates its 1 year anniversary and launches the new book 'Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence' (Wakefield Press) in the UK. Thanks to Matrix Chambers for hosting and the Gaia Foundation for co-organising. An enriching evening with some of the book's authors including Liz Hosken (Gaia Foundation), Polly Higgins (Ecocide campaign), Gathuru Mburu (African Biodiversity Network on customary law), Begonia Filgueira (co-author of the UKELA-Gaia Wild Law Report) and Jules Cashford (mythologist and close friend of Thomas Berry). Thanks to Peter Burdon (editor of the book) for his work and message of support. Books available in the UK from the Gaia Foundation, and also Wakefield Press.
12 November 2011 - Wild Law UK submits a response to the UK Commission on a Bill of Rights, calling for any new Bill of Rights to recognise rights of Nature.
24 October 2011 - the Occupy LSX movement represents an inspiring example of people power. Occupy4life is calling for revolution in the name of all species. See our blog for further details of the implications of this inspiring movement for wild lawyers.
20 October 2011- an e-petition has been created calling on the UK Government to support a Rights of Nature Bill to 'address the rebalancing of 'Corporate Interests' versus that of 'Eco-Systems Rights'. In short, Nature cannot speak up for itself, so we must speak for Nature, and future generations, before it is too late.'
17 October 2011 - Wild Law UK's annual workshop discussed in Positive News.
October 2011 - Review of Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, in Positive News.
6 October 2011 - vote for 38 Degrees to support the campaign to get Ecocide recognised as a Crime against Peace.
29 September 2011 – Warm wishes to the family and many friends of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, who inspired many hundreds of thousands by her vision of the Green Belt movement. She passed away on 25 September 2011. "We have a responsibility to protect the rights of generations, of all species, that cannot speak for themselves today. The global challenge of climate change requires that we ask no less of our leaders, or ourselves." Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)
September 2011 - Earth Law Center opens in the US - a non profit firm that promotes the recognition of the intrinsic value of life and advocates legal rights for all of the Earth's inhabitants and ecosystems. It is a 'think, share and do organisation.' http://earthlawcenter.org/
17 August 2011 - The Ecocide Trial is taking place at the Supreme Court in London on 30 September 2011. Ecocide is the environmental equivalent of Genocide and the law has been proposed by British barrister Polly Higgins. The trial is a mock trial. If you'd like to get involved, you can find out further details on the Hamilton Group. Funds are also required to disseminate materials as widely as possible, if you can help financially please donate on Crowdfunder.
17 August 2011 - ONLINE PETITION SUPPORTING THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION FOR THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH - Please sign the online petition to get the UN and States to accept and implement the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth. It's very important!
8 August 2011 - Democracy Matters podcast discusses the case of Tim DeChristopher in the US and the role of civil disobedience in securing Earth justice and fundamental change.
8 August 2011 - The Problem of Enforcing Nature's Rights in Ecuador - an article by Mary Elizabeth Whittemore. 21 July 2011 - Borough of Wilkinsburg passes a Community Rights Ordinance recognising the rights of natural communities and ecosystems to exist and flourish.
20 July 2011 - the Court of Appeal quashed the convictions of 20 climate activists. The 20 had been convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass at Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power station in Nottingham in December 2010. The activists maintained throughout that their actions were necessary and justified to prevent serious injury and death caused by climate change, but it was the suppression of vital evidence by the State, including evidence relating to the role of an undercover police officer, that led to their convictions being overturned. The activists have issued a statement. Their lawyer said: "The State is systematically trying to disrupt young campaigners taking the only action they can on issues which are vital for future generations – like climate change and social justice."
16 July 2011 - Mining deal to test the rights of nature legally protected in Ecuador's constitution, reports one blogger on Aid Netherlands.
June 2011 - Second edition of Wild Law by Cormac Cullinan published, available from Green Books and as an e-book from Little White Bakkie.
21 June 2011 - Rights for nature proposed in Turkey, reports Positive News.
7 June 2011- Climate campaigners Dan Glass and Tilly Gifford from climate justice organisation Climate 9 had their appeal against their conviction for breach of the peace heard at a court in Edinburgh. The conviction related to direct action taken in March 2009 where the Climate 9 members shut down Aberdeen airport and directly stopped 107 tonnes of emissions from contributing to man-made climate change... on the subject of direct action, in the US, the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is spearheading a mass civil disobedience movement to shift the structure of the law to give back power to the people, enabling them to protect their communities from corporate environmental destruction.
9 May 2011 - Democracy Matters podcast - interview with Natalia Greene on rights for nature in Ecuador (starts about half way through).
2 May 2011 - Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil interview Cormac Cullinan on rights for nature on Democracy Matters.
12 April 2011- Cormac Cullinan and Richard Moules of Landmark Chambers interviewed on the BBC World Service about the Law of Mother Earth.
March 2011 - We are delighted that Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, has agreed to become a patron and elder of Wild Law UK. Cormac is a leading environmental lawyer in South Africa and prominent campaigner for wild law and Earth rights.