Earth Restorative Justice
Restorative approaches to ecological harms

Environmental pollution and the depletion of natural resources have caused great harm to our Earth and her inhabitants. This website explores if Restorative Justice can play a role in healing ecological harms.

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a systemic response to wrongdoing that emphasises healing the wounds of victims, offenders and communities, caused by criminal behaviour. In cases of environmental harm, the affected community includes future generations and the environment itself. Because environmental pollution and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources cause systemic harm to our shared life-support system, the Earth, the systemic response to these harms offered by RJ seems to hold real promise for the transformation of our relationship with Nature.

(note: in the Article-section the concept and history of RJ is repeated in both background articles, for the sake of completeness)

The documentary that introduced me to Restorative Justice (Dutch)

Als ik je zie dan groet ik je - one documentary filmmaker's peronal search for Restorative Justice

Filmmaker Julia Roeseler becomes the victim of an armed robbery while working at a neighbourhood cafe. When she realizes the offender is a 14-year old boy next door, she decides to contact him though his mother. The documentary Als ik je zie dan groet ik je chronicles her search for understanding and restoration in the wake of crime, born out of her discontent with the punitive and impersonal criminal justice system.

It is an excellent way to familiarize oneself with Restorative Justice as well as a touching personal story. It includes an interview with the Dutch emeritus professor in Criminology and Restorative Justice pioneer Herman Bianchi.


Photo credit: Julierosebud.nl

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