Press Release: International Rights of Nature tribunal finds legal systems incapable of preventing climate change and protecting nature

Via Movement Rights

BONN, Germany – The 4th session of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal, held
concurrently with the 23rd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Conference of Parties (COP23), exposed the significant role which legal systems play in
enabling climate change and global environmental degradation. The Tribunal heard seven
cases from around the world which collectively demonstrated that global and national climate
change commitments cannot be met without fundamental changes to the legal systems which
legalise the activities that cause climate change and the destruction of the ecological systems
on which life depends. This is a global problem – one of the cases concerned a massive lignite
mine approximately 50 kms from the COP 23 negotiations.


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