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)

Reconnecting with the Living Earth through Restorative Justice

KOSMOS Newsletter - April 10, 2019

Ecologically conscious lawyers are innovating solutions to counter the exploitation of nature—solutions that also question the outdated economic growth imperative and anthropocentric bias of our legal system. Among these solutions are climate cases that focus on intergenerational justice and planetary stewardship, the movement to criminalize ecosystem destruction—ecocide—and initiatives to acknowledge the rights of nature.

But are species loss, ecosystem destruction, and climate change best addressed with adversarial legal strategies? If we ostracize those directly responsible for large-scale environmental harm, does this not strengthen the separation consciousness that we are trying to rise above? A more peaceful and system-oriented approach towards protecting the rights of nature and future generations is better equipped to contribute to a culture of interbeing. Could Restorative Justice, therefore, play a role in reconnecting us to the living Earth?

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