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AELA News & Events - September 2019

Hi everyone!

We hope this email finds you all well.  If like me, you participated in one of the 100 Climate Strike events around Australia last Friday (20th September), I hope you feel as encouraged as I am about the commitment of our young people to address climate change. My daughter and I joined the Climate Strike in Brisbane, and it was an amazing day.  More than 35,000 people came out to march in Brisbane - one of the largest demonstrations in the city's history. Around Australia, more than 300,000 people joined the Climate Strike in cities and towns across the country - joining the millions who marched in other parts of the world too.

Now more than ever, we need creative, positive and practical alternatives to our current destructive governance systems.  AELA's work advocating for Earth centred governance and systems change - and particularly our GreenPrints Bioregional Governance Program -  invites people to re-imagine how we live, work and play, and take the next steps to actively re-design human societies so that we can live within our ecological limits, respond to climate breakdown, respect first laws and the rights of nature,  and shift our economic system to nurture rather than destroy, the living world.

We'll soon be inviting people to invest in our GreenPrints program, as well as an exciting Earth Centred Leadership Program in 2020.  But for now, I'm pleased to share with you some of the work we've been doing over the past few months, and the many events and education projects we have coming up in the next 6 months.

As always, if you ever have any questions about AELA's work, or would like to contribute by becoming a monthly donor or volunteer, please get in touch anytime!

All the best,
Michelle Maloney
National Convenor, AELA
26 September 2019


Rights of Nature on "The Project"

On 9th September, an interview with AELA's National Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney, was included in a piece about the Great Barrier Reef on Channel 10's show - "The Project".  While it was exciting to see Rights of Nature and Legal Personhood for nature discussed briefly on national TV, only a tiny snippet of Michelle's 10 minute interview was used in the piece, which is a shame because it meant the Rights of Nature global movement wasn't discussed.  But on the bright side, to get any conversation about Rights of Nature and Legal Personhood televised in Australia is pretty awesome!  To read AELA's model laws for the GBR, visit this webpage. To watch the (very short) piece about the GBR and Rights of Nature, click here.
'One Ocean' Symposium and Ocean Rights
In August, AELA's Australian Centre for the Rights of Nature co-hosted a fascinating workshop held in New York, organised and presented by Dr Fran Humphries, Griffith University.  To read Fran's report about the event, and to access some of the papers, please visit this webpage
AELA Education
AELA is excited to continue building our Earth Centred Education Program. We're hosting our Earth Laws Annual 1 week intensive course at Griffith University Law School on 7,8,11,12 and 13 November this year.  And last month AELA hosted a "Beyond Sustainability" workshop for Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) teachers (photo left), which explored Earth centred governance and education.  In 2020, AELA will continue to develop courses for primary school, high school and professional development, including our unique "Earth Centred Leadership Program" which will offer short and longer courses, at AELA House in Brisbane, and via online webinars and participation.  For more details, or to register your interest, email:

Earth Arts and RONA2020

AELA's Earth Arts Team spent the winter building the foundation for our third biannual, national arts celebration which will be hosted next year.  AELA is now pleased to announce RONA2020 - “Rights of Nature Australia 2020”. The National Exhibition will run from 12-17 October 2020 in Brisbane, in conjunction with AELA’s week of celebrating the Rights of Nature. There will also be a range of exciting local events and performances around Australia in the same week.

In 2020, we'll be co-hosting a range of arts activities and events under the theme of “Voices of Nature”. This theme will encourage the exploration of the concepts of ‘voice’, ‘standing’, ‘representation’, and ‘agency’ of the natural world within human governance systems. The theme also promotes AELA’s Earth Arts focus in 2020, which will focus on sound art and acoustic ecology as key mediums for communicating and exploring nature’s voice(s).  AELA is excited to be partnering with the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology (AFAE) to generate dynamic, cross-disciplinary interactions and projects for RONA2020. And we look forward to engaging with the science, technology, art, wonder, and acoustic expertise of the AFAE members.  Please visit the Earth Arts website for more information, or email:


visit our Events webpage for all the details!
*** AELA is visiting Western Australia NEXT WEEK!! **

AELA is hosting workshops and public lectures in Margaret River, Bunbury and Perth NEXT WEEK, from 29 September to 7 October - PLEASE VISIT OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR THE FULL LISTING. Everyone's welcome!
SAVE THE DATE! Friday 21st November - AELA is delighted to be working with Adjunct Associate Professor and Kombumerri person Mary Graham, and our colleagues at the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Philosophy, to begin a fascinating multi-year program of dialogue events called the "Peace and Stability Dialogue Series - Exploring our Relationship with Land". For more information about the series, and to read about our exciting kick-off event at UQ on 21 November, please visit our website.

ANZSEE (The Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics) Conference

Ecological Economics: Solutions Now and In the Future

Don't forget to register for the ANZSEE's fantastic Ecological Economics Conference being held in Melbourne on 25-26 November. AELA will be presenting about bioregional governance, and AELA's Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney, will be moderating several sessions on behalf of the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) as well.  Visit their website for all the details
AELA's biannual Earth Ethics Conference is being hosted at the Australian Catholic University (ACU)  in Melbourne on 28-29 November 2019.
The draft program will be available in the next few days and it's FANTASTIC.  We have more than 60 amazing speakers, dozens of presentations and some truly thought-provoking workshops. To find out more and to BOOK YOUR PLACE, please visit this webpage
Did you know AELA is entirely run by volunteers? Become a monthly donor and support AELA's work!


Ecological Law and Governance Association (ELGA)

ELGA provides an international forum for connecting and amplifying people's work on Earth centred law and governance. Visit ELGA's website to read the Oslo Manifesto, and to read about ELGA's events. ELGA also runs webinars every month, so connect with the webinar program and learn about cutting edge issues in ecological law and governance.

AELAs Convenor, Dr Michelle Maloney, will be presenting via zoom at ELGA's next conference in Sienna, Italy in October.  For more information, please visit this page.

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN)

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, which is a global network of organizations and individuals committed to the universal adoption and implementation of legal systems that recognize, respect and enforce “Rights of Nature”.

To stay up to date with GARN news and developments, please sign up to their excellent newsletter.

Yes to Life, No to Mining

YLNM is an international network of groups and organisations who work in solidarity, to stop unwanted destructive developments associated with mining.

AELA is a Regional Coordinator for the network, and has been working with YLNM to create the international webinar series "Life After Mining: How do we move beyond extractivism?" If you missed the excellent Australian webinar held in June, please visit this link to watch and listen to the recorded webinar discussions.  The webinar was co-hosted with NENA and brought 50 people together to discuss a post-extractivism in Australia.
Did you know AELA is entirely run by volunteers? Become a monthly donor and support AELA's work!

AELA is working to create systems change through five core program themes

AELA’s mission is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, ethics, eco-spirituality, education and the arts.

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