The Australian Earth Laws Alliance
The Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) is a national not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centric governance in Australia, with a focus on law, economics, education, ethics and the arts. AELA’s work is inspired by the theory and practice of Earth jurisprudence, which is a governance philosophy and growing social movement. Earth jurisprudence proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.
The need for new governance systems has never been greater: as we face a climate changed world and transition away from our destructive reliance of fossil fuels, human societies need to create new ways of working together and nurturing the wider Earth community.
AELA works to build long term systemic change, so that human societies can shift from human-centric to Earth-centric governance. Our vision is to create human societies that are connected deeply to, and love, the living world, live within their ecological limits and enjoy productive, sustainable economies that nurture the health of the wider Earth community.
AELA carries out its work by supporting multi-disciplinary teams of professionals engaged in research, education, publications, community capacity building and creating new models of Earth-centric governance. Our team includes First Nations community leaders, lawyers, economists, scientists, deep ecologists, artists, ethicists and community development practitioners. AELA works on a membership-participation model and is powered by committed volunteers, who work together as individuals and organizations across Australia.
AELA participates in the UN Harmony for Nature initiative, is an affiliate of the Earth Charter and a partner of the Global Footprint Network. AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, which brings together more than 80 organizations around the world, who support Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature.