In recent years 'wild laws' aimed at protecting all the Earth's community - including animals, plants, rivers and ecosystems - have begun to be discussed. The concept of Wild Law proposes that we rethink our legal and political systems to stop environmental destruction. Wild Law is a new system of legal thinking and practice which has the potential to turn the tide of environmental damage and enable new means of addressing the significant challenges we face. It springs from Earth Jurisprudence and Community Ecological Governance.
Earth jurisprudence involves looking at the philosophy and value systems that underpin most legal and governance systems, and making sure they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.
The UN adopted a resolution on Harmony with Nature on 22 December 2015. Read the Report.
Community ecological governance
Community ecological governance is concerned with the community governance systems, norms and practices that have evolved to govern interaction with local biodiversity sustainably over thousands of years. Wild Law places these concepts into basic principles of law that could one day be accepted by the courts or embodied in statute.
In March 2009 UKELA and the Gaia Foundation published an international research report: "Wild law: Is there any evidence of Earth Jurisprudence in existing law and practice?" You can download it here.
Wild Law weekends
A full house of Wild Law-ers were welcomed to the Corrie Croft Bunkhouse on the beautiful Isle of Arran over the weekend of 23-25 May. Delegates enjoyed wild discussions and long walks amidst glorious surroundings, as well as boat trips and visits. The weekend focused on wildlife, wild land and marine protection on and around the Isle of Arran – “Scotland in Miniature”. There were Wild Law updates including news on legal protection for wild land in Scotland. The group visited the Lamlash Bay ‘No Take Zone’ – the UK’s first community marine designation, expected to be the centrepiece of an official Marine Protection Area to be designated in 2014.
Sixteen delegates met up on the shores of Loch Lomond for a weekend discussing the relationships between wildlife, wild land management and wild law ideas. Thanks to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority and the John Muir Trust, for helping at the event. And special thanks to John Hunt and Ian Cowan for organising it.
Scotland 2012 The 2012 Wild Law Scottish weekend enjoyed warm sunshine, snow flurries and rare bird sightings. Colin Robertson, who attended from Luxembourg, says: "It is one thing to talk about wilderness and the rights of nature and another thing to experience them directly. Yet that is the strength of the Wild Law weekend which for the third year running has taken place in early May in Scotland, this time at the Cairngorms Lodge Youth Hostel".