Earth rights conference 2017

Earth rights conference  What idea is powerful enough to heal the relationship between humans and nature?

This conference will be a space for dialogue and co-creation about the idea that nature, not just humans, have rights. In a time of accelerating socio-ecological challenges, Earth rights is the focus of interest at different scales, from local communities to UN bodies. It is an ancient idea, present in indigenous cultures all around the world. Can Earth rights be the foundation of a new culture of respect and harmony between people and planet?

Come to Sweden’s oldest town, Sigtuna, in April and investigate.

Date and venue

  • The conference is taking place in April 21-22, 2017.
  • Place: Sigtunastiftelsen, Manfred Björkquists allé 4, 193 31 Sigtuna, Sweden

Main topics of the conference

Rights of Nature – Mari Margil, CELDF
At a time of unprecedented species extinction, ecosystem collapse, and climate change, there is a growing understanding that conventional environmental legal frameworks are inadequate to protect nature. A global movement is growing to advance fundamental change in the relationship between humankind and the natural world, by eliminating the key barriers to environmental protection and sustainability, and placing the highest legal protections on nature through the recognition of rights.

The emergence of ecocide law to protect our common home – Femke Wijdekop, End Ecocide on Earth
Ecocide law aims to make the worst kind of violence against nature an international crime. It recognizes that our planetary boundaries are the ‘ultimate court of appeal’ and that we need to harmonize our human laws with nature’s laws. At this moment, our human laws are completely out of sync with nature’s laws and at the root of this lies the misperception that humans own nature and are separate from it.

Earth Jurisprudence: a guide to a healthy Earth community – Cormac Cullinan
The Rights of Nature is not just a new set of laws. It is grounded in a comprehensive philosophy of law called Earth Jurisprudence. Today´s governance systems are designed to perpetuate human domination of Nature. Earth Jurisprudence, on the contrary, seeks to foster mutually beneficial relationships between humans and the other members of the Earth community. This is not only crucial to end the ongoing destruction of Nature, but also have deep existential and spiritual implications for human self-understanding.

Sumak Kawsay – A way of living in harmony within communities and with nature – Patricia Gualinga, Sarayaku
Sumak Kawsay is a cosmovision fundamental for indigenous cultures for thousands of years, that recently has influenced social movements. Ideas derived from this way of relating to life have been incorporated into Ecuadorean and Bolivian legal frameworks. Sumak Kawsay recognizes a need of cooperation for collective wellbeing, social equality and co-existence with our living, breathing environment. It describes a form of development where social, cultural, environmental and economic issues work together in balance, not separately nor hierarchically. Sarayaku has become recognized worldwide for their resistance against oil extraction in their ancestral territory as they have repeatedly defended their territory in international courts – and won!


Registrations now open! Last registration date is April 7. For questions regarding registration and booking, please contact

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