Important Information

The 5th International Rights of Nature Tribunal will be held parallel to the UNFCCC- COP26 (Glasgow)


WHEN: November 3rd at 15h00 GMT and November 4th at 15h00 GMT 2021

  • November 3rd: Climate Change Case – False solutions to the climate change crisis
  • November 4th: Amazon Case – Amazon, a threatened living entity

WHERE: Hybrid event – online through Zoom and Facebook live
In Glasgow: Auditorium – Technology and Innovation Centre – Strathclyde University


The event will be transmitted in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese

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5th INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL

The International Rights of Nature Tribunal is an international institution established by citizens to investigate and publicize Rights of Nature violations. It creates a forum for people from all around the world to speak on behalf of Nature, to protest the destruction of the Earth—destruction that is fostered by corporations with the governments’ compliance—and hence, the Tribunal visibilizes the conflicts and its perpetrators and makes juridical  recommendations about Earth’s protection and restoration as modeled jurisprudence for frontline communities. The Tribunal also has a strong focus on enabling Indigenous Peoples to raise their voice and share the impacts that they see in their territories as guardians of the Earth, but is also a space to share solutions about land, water and culture with the global community.

The Tribunal verdicts, if implemented at the very highest levels, could provide a much-needed tool in the struggle for environmental justice. A civil ethical Tribunal inspired by the International War Crimes Tribunal, the Permanent People’s Tribunal and other such grassroots efforts to make up for the failure of the state to provide justice, the International Rights of Nature Tribunal is now calling upon the United Nations and upon nations in general to take up the job that it has been fulfilling for years, and defend Nature’s fundamental Rights. 

 

Climate and Environmental Crisis

Under most legal systems operating in the world today certainly those that are in effect at the national and international levelsNature and all the beings that conform it do not exist except as so-called “natural resources”; a form of human property to be exploited to a greater or lesser degree at will, thus making it impossible to protect Nature in a court of law from any angle other than its role in human interests. 

It is now more clear than ever that these legal systems have not only failed to protect our planet from the advances of an insatiable extractivism; they are, in fact, the tools of that very extractivism, supposedly “regulating” the destruction caused by industries such as mining and fracking, while in practice only sanctioning and perpetuating it. 

In the face of the insufficiency of traditional environmental law, the Rights of Nature present a new form of jurisprudence that, by acknowledging Nature as a legal subject of rights just like human beings, pushes courts to look beyond economic incentives and actually make decisions based on the interests of both humanity and the earth community as a whole. 

Time is up: the ecological crisis is upon us in such a way that to deny it would be to reject the evidence before our own eyes, and we can no longer afford to abide by laws that are fundamentally unfit to address the current situation; Nature’s fundamental Rights must be acknowledged at every legal level: locally, nationally, and internationally, if we are to avert this crisis.

To that end, the International Rights of Nature Tribunal seeks to demonstrate how the Rights of Nature can be applied, putting a series of urgent, real-world cases before a panel of distinguished judges, who examine and rule on the cases from a Rights of Nature perspective. 

The Fifth International Rights of Nature Tribunal will be heard on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2021, in Glasgow, alongside the COP26 organized by the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where it will deliver its message in the very arena where the environmental policies of the world are being debated, standing as an alternative to the many false solutions that are being peddled there.

Join us this November in defending the Rights of Nature, and add your voice to the popular demand for governments and courts all around the world to begin playing their part in stopping the ecological crises of our day.

The Fifth International Rights of Nature Tribunal will hear two of the most fundamental ecological cases facing the world today:

Cases from Glasgow Tribunal

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

False solutions to the climate change crisis

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

Amazon, a threatened living entity

Amazon reaching its tipping point by many causes like....

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(Time for Glasgow UK, BST)

15h30

1989

Opening

Indigenous ceremony

By Tom Goldtooth

16h00

1989

Introductory Remarks

International Rights of Nature Tribunal’s History

By Secretariat: Natalia Greene

16h05

1989

Introductory Remarks

Introduction to the Rights of Nature Movement

By Judge: Osprey Orielle Lake

16h10

1989

Earth Prosecutor’s introduction

By Earth Prosecutor: Julio Prieto

16h25

1989

Climate Change Case

UNFCCC and Climate Change

By Dorothy Guerrero

16h35

1989

Climate Change Case

Net Zero Emissions and Nature Based Solutions

By Tom Goldtooth

16h45

1989

Questions from judges

17h10

1989

Climate Change Case

Carbon Offsets

By Chief Ninawa

17h35

1989

Climate Change Case

Fossil Fuels and Gas Flaring

By Leonela Moncayo and Alexandra Almeida

17h50

1989

Climate Change Case

Coal and Ocean Pollution

Katta Alonso and Hernán Ramírez

18h05

1989

Questions from judges

18h20

1989

Climate Change Case

Geoengineering

By Lili Fuhr

18h30

1989

Climate Change Case

Rights of Future Generations

By Bruno Rodriguez

18h40

1989

Climate Change Case

Asks to the Tribunal – neoliberalization of climate

By Ivonne Yanez

18h45

1989

Earth Prosecutor final arguments

By Earth Prosecutor: Julio Prieto

18h50

1989

Judge’s Arguments

By Judges: Enrique Viale, Osprey Orielle Lake, Carolyn Raffensperger, Nnimmo Bassey and Lisa Mead

18h50

1989

Closure words day 1

By Secretariat: Natalia Greene

15h30

1989

Opening

Indigenous ceremony

By Tom Goldtooth and Casey Camp Horinek

16h00

1989

Introductory Remarks

International Rights of Nature Tribunal’s History

By Secretariat: Natalia Greene

16h05

1989

Introductory Remarks

Rights of Nature RON Assessment and Interconnection

By Esperanza Martínez

16h10

1989

Earth Prosecutor’s introduction

By Earth Prosecutor: Pablo Solón

16h20

1989

Amazon Case

Point of no return of the Amazon

By Gregorio Mirabal

16h30

1989

Amazon Case

The Amazon Tipping Point

By Carlos Nobre

16h40

1989

Questions from judges

16h55

1989

Amazon Case

Agricultural expansion

By Marcela Vecchione

17h05

1989

Amazon Case

Balsa Deforestation

By Elizabeth Bravo

17h15

1989

Questions from judges

17h30

1989

Amazon Case

Mining in the Amazon

By Alexis Tiouka

17h40

1989

Amazon Case

Hydroelectric plants in the Brazilian Amazon

By Nara Bare and Antonia Melo

17h50

1989

Questions from judges

18h05

1989

Amazon Case

Impacts and threats to the Amazon

By Luisa Bacca

18h15

1989

Amazon Case

Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative

By Domingo Peas

18h25

1989

Amazon Case

Advances in the Amazon around the Rights of Nature

By Fatima Monasterio

18h35

1989

Earth Prosecutor final arguments

By Earth Prosecutor: Pablo Solón

18h40

1989

Judge’s Arguments

By Judges: Alberto Acosta, Nancy Yáñez, Atossa Soltani, Rocío Silva Santiesteban and Yaku Pérez

18h50

1989

Closure words day 1

By Secretariat: Natalia Greene

Tribunal Closure

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