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)

Effort Gives Way to Existence - a Poem by Naimaa

"I wonder if rain is scared
of falling
if it has trouble
letting go"

"I wonder if stars wish
upon themselves before they die
if they need to teach their young
how to shine"

"I wonder if sunrise
and sunset
respect each other
even though they’ve never met"

"I wonder if breath ever thinks of suicide
if the wind just wants to
sit still sometimes
and watch the world pass by"

"if smoke was born
knowing how to rise
if rainbows get shy back stage
not sure if their colors match right"

"if the soil thinks she’s too dark
if butterflies want to cover up their marks
if rocks are self-conscious of their weight
if mountains are insecure of their strength"

"if land feels stepped upon
if sand feels insignificant
if trees need to question their lovers
to know where they stand"

"I wonder
where the moon goes
when she is in hiding
I want to find her there"

"and watch the ocean
spin from a distance
listen to her
stir in her sleep

effort give way to existence"

From: Being Human by Naimaa
Text and image credits: ClimbingPoetree.com

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