EARTH JURISPRUDENCE In Alphabetical Order by Section/Title
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Earth Jurisprudenceor Earth Law recognizes the Earth as the primary source of law which sets human law in a context greater than that of humanity. Human law-making should derive from the laws which govern Earth and its life systems. Thus, the way we govern ourselves should be founded on an ethical code of practice which requires us to respect and uphold the inalienable rights of the entire Earth Community and future generations of all species. Adapted from the GAIA Foundation (see http://www.gaiafoundation.org/earth-centred-law)
This page contains resources that explain and promote the principles of Earth Jurisprudence. Earth Jurisprudence seeks to construct a legal and philosophical framework for the integrity of earth systems, the inter-relationship of all earth's entities, and the rights of the earth's community of communities to exist and sustain themselves within their own niches and habitats.
Pope Francis' Address at the UN -- 25 Sep 2015 "... every creature, particularly a living creature, has an intrinsic value, in its existence, its life, its beauty and its interdependence with other creatures."
Bhaskar Save, The Ghandi of Natural Farming Bharat Mansate (excerpt from his book "The Vision of Natural Farming), Institute of Science in Society -- 24 Feb 2014 "Natural farming is holistic and bio-diverse organic farming in harmony with nature. It is low-intervention, ecological and sustainable. In its purest advanced form, it is a ‘do-nothing’ way of farming where nature does everything, or almost everything, so very little needs to be done by the farmer."
Dream of the Earth Thomas Berry, Sierra Club -- 1988
Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law's Role in Protecting Ecosystem Functionality Olivia Woolley, Cambridge University Press -- Nov 2014 "Ecological Governance explores how the law should respond to ... rapid global deterioration of ecosystems by examining the foundational scientific and ethical considerations for designing laws that are effective for ecological protection."
Eradicating Ecocide: Laws and Governance to Prevent the Destruction of Our Planet Polly Higgins, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, LTD -- 2010
Evening Thoughts: Reflecting on Earth as Sacred Community Thomas Berry, Edited by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Sierra Club and University of California Press -- 2009
Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence Peter Burdon, Ed, Wakefield Press -- 2011
Fighting for Our Shared Future: Protecting Both Human Rights and Nature's Rights Linda Sheehan & Grant Wilson, Earth Law Center -- Dec 2015 ELC's report summarizes the findings from 100 sets of rights co-violations and provides recommendations for immediate and longer-term action. Consistent with the messages of Pope Francisand other world leaders recognizing the rights of nature, the report finds that we must evolve our laws and judicial systems to reflect the fact that our well-being is inextricably bound up with that of the Earth.
Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth James Lovelock, Oxford University Press -- 1979
Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine James Lovelock, Gaia Books -- 1991
Harmony with Nature (Input for discussion of the post-2015 UN development agenda) UN General Assembly, A/69/322, 69th Session Item 19 -- 18 Aug 2014 "The purpose of the fourth interactive dialogue on Harmony with Nature was to examine the evolution of science, governance and economics in the light of new understandings of our interconnectedness with Nature, which, in turn, have led to practices that further an ethical relationship between humanity and the Earth and life in harmony with nature."
Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University Press -- 2011
Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home Pope Francis, Encyclical on Ecology -- 24 May 2015 "Pope Francis’ first encyclical is focused on the idea of ‘integral ecology’, connecting care of the natural world with justice for the poorest and most vulnerable people. Only by radically reshaping our relationships with God, with our neighbours and with the natural world ... can we hope to tackle the threats facing our planet today."Vatican Radio, 18 June 2015
Making Peace with the Earth Vandana Shiva, Pluto Press -- 2013 "Making Peace with the Earth outlines how a paradigm shift to earth-centred politics and economics is our only chance of survival; and how collective resistance to corporate exploitation can open the way to a new environmentalism of interdependence and earth democracy."
Should Trees Have Standing: And Other Essays on Law, Morals and the Environment Christopher D. Stone, Oceana Publications -- 1996
Show Mercy to our Common Home Message of Pope Francis on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation -- 01 Sep 2016 "God gave us a bountiful garden, but we have turned it into a polluted wasteland of 'debris, desolation and filth'. We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behaviour"
The Earth Only Endures: On Reconnecting with Nature and Our Place In It Jules Pretty, Routledge Publications -- May 2009
The Future Climate of Amazonia: Scientific Assessment Report Antonio Donato Nobre, Articulación Regional Amazônica, São José dos Campos SP, Brazil -- Oct 2014 "The forest is a spectacular technological park of nature, a living complex, a powerful, versatile factory of environmental services. Any call made for the valuation of the forest must embrace this intrinsic value."
The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future Thomas Berry, New York, Three Rivers Press -- 2000
The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth Co-Produced by Global Exchange, Council of Canadians, Pachamama Alliance, Fundacion Pachamama -- Apr 2011
The Universe Story Thomas Berry and Brian Thomas Swimme, Harper San Francisco -- 1994
Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice (Second Edition) Cormac Cullinan, Chelsea Green Publishing - 2011
Wild Law - In Practice Edited by Michelle Maloney & Peter Burdon, Routledge -- 2014 Addressing topics that include a critique of the effectiveness of environmental law in protecting the environment, developments in domestic/constitutional law recognising the rights of nature, and the regulation of sustainability, Wild Law - In Practice is the first book to focus specifically on the practical legal implications of Earth Jurisprudence.
FILMS AND VIDEOS
Aluna The Kogi People of Columbia believe they live in order to care for the world and keep its natural order functioning. They see us plundering the world, destroying both the physical structure and the thought underpinning existence. 91 minutes. Alan Ereira -- 2012 [This film follows on a 1990 documentary by Alan Ereira called "From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brother's Warning"]