Sustainability and Earth Law

“The Great Work of our time is for humans to establish a benign presence on Earth

Thomas Berry

Our current legal system is due for a massive upgrade.  It was designed for the Industrial Age, when natural resources were seen as unlimited and could be used without restraint to fuel economic growth. We now need a legal system that is fit for the Ecological Age, which respects environmental limits and places the wellbeing of the earth as the overriding principle. Earth Law is a global social movement whose mission is to achieve that.

I have worked pro bono in the Earth Law movement for over a decade. I am a co-founder and steering committee member of Wild Law UK, a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance of Rights of Nature and I am on the Advisory Board of the Earth Law Alliance.

I am also a co-author of Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence and have travelled to Ecuador and Australia to further this work.

You can read some of my writings on Earth Law here:

How to become a Wild Lawyer – the new paradigm in law (abstract on ResearchGate, where full text can be requested)

Nature in the Dock – Chapter from Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence 

Creative Regulation – using Wild Law to reinvent governance 

Wild Lawyers on a wild weekend – principles of Earth Jurisprudence learning

Society is changing, business is changing and law needs to change if it is to stay relevant.  This requires more than “business as usual” thinking.

If you are looking for a thinking partner for the big questions facing your business then get in touch.