Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights: A Festival of Faiths Event

Earth Jurisprudence comes from a shift in consciousness that recognizes that the Earth has rights. It is an expansion of legal protection of the Earth community (humans and environment) through various laws and legal instruments. It is a way of viewing the world that recognizes the inherent rights of all beings to exist and participate in the predator-prey relationships and fulfill their purpose in the web of life. Ecologian Thomas Berry said that we need a new jurisprudence today to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing us at the end of an industrial era.

Presenter Patricia Siemen is an attorney and member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is the executive director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence cosponsored by the law schools of Barry and St. Thomas Universities where she teaches law.