Wild Law fuses politics, legal theory, quantum physics and ancient wisdom into a fascinating story. It has been seminal in informing and inspiring the global movement to recognise rights for Nature - a movement destined to shape the twenty-first century as significantly as the human rights movements shaped the twentieth century. This revised edition includes a new preface, postscript and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth proclaimed on 22 April 2010.
Wild Law presents a vision of how we could transform the systems that structure and order industrialised societies to enable us to rediscover a viable role for our species within the Earth community. It reveals how the goverance systems of today legitimise and promote the disastrous expolitation and destruction of Earth. The author explains how to begin transforming these systems to ensure that the pursuit of human well-being enhances the beauty, health and diversity of Earth instead of diminishing it.
Wild Law describes an Earth-centred approach to ordering human societies (Earth jurisprudence), how to apply it, and it's emerging role as a common manifesto for promoting social and environmental justice, the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, animal rights and welfare, and green spirituality.
Cormac Cullinan is an author, practicing environmental attorney, and governance expert who has worked on environmental governance issues in more than twenty countries. He is a director both of Cullinan and Associates, Inc., a specialist environmental and green-business law firm, and the governance consultancy EnAct International. At the invitation of Bolivia, Cullinan spoke at the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and led the drafting of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, which was proclaimed on April 22, 2010, by the People's World Conference on Climate Change and the Environment in Bolivia. In September 2010, Cullinan played a leading role in establishing a Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Alliance. Cullinan is also a research associate of the University of Cape Town, sits on the City of Cape Town's climate-change think tank, and is a nonexecutive director of ICLEI Africa. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
Foreword by Thomas Berry Part 1: Rethinking governance 1 Anthills and aardvarks Part 2: The world as we know it 2 The illusion of independence 3 The myth of the master species 4 Why law and jurisprudence matter 5 The conceit of law Part 3: Earth governance 6 Respecting the Great Law 7 Remembering who we are 8 The question of rights 9 Elements of Earth governance Part 4: The journey into wildness 10 Seeking Earth jurisprudence 11 The rhythms of life 12 The law of the land 13 A communion of communities 14 Transforming law and governance Part 5: The terrain ahead 15 The mountain path Postscript The emergence of Wild Law Appendix Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth References Bibliography