We seek to develop a philosophy and practice of law that respects the natural world in its own right.
Our goal is to advance laws, policy, and governance designed to protect the natural systems, species, and entities that sustain life on Earth. Our work is based upon the concept that humanity has a basic responsibility to care for and protect the long-term health and well-being of Earth, meaning all beings and ecosystems that constitute the natural world, recognizing that humanity is an integral and interdependent part of nature.
Earth Jurisprudence is an emerging field of law that encompasses both environmental ethics and legal practice. Recognizing that we face unprecedented ecological challenges that impact every aspect of our ecosystems, Earth Jurisprudence requires an understanding of humanity's integral role within Earth's interdependent natural systems. This requires a shift in law, policy, and economics.
We have an obligation to protect and sustain a viable Earth for current and future generations. A truly sustainable future is based on healthy ecosystems. Current laws seldom consider the true welfare or common good of future generations, but instead routinely apply a cost-benefit analysis that uses an economic measure to prioritize short-term human interests over the undervalued long-term benefits of a healthy Earth.
VIDEO- Center for Earth Jurisprudence: An Overview
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The Center's Director speaks at TEDx Talks.
Just as the ideals of human rights are protected by legal systems, the rights of nature must be protected by Earth Jurisprudence. Hear Sr Pat Siemen's appeal to our innate sense of justice in her proposal of basic rights for all Earth's systems and creatures.
CEJ is housed at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida.