The Legal Perspective Of Ecosystems In Wild Law: A Manifesto For Earth Justice By Cormac Cullinan

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Wild Law: A manifesto for Earth Justice is a book by Cormac Cullinan that proposes recognizing the natural order of communities and ecosystem from a legal prospective. He attempts to show an integration of different fields of study like world politics, Environmental legal theory, physics and how teachings from the ancient world can create an appealing notion for the need for change in today’s environmental understanding. This book has been influential in informing and inspiring the global movement to recognise rights for “Mother Nature”. This movement Cormac Cullinan preaches is destined to shape the 21st century as significantly as the human rights movements shaped the previous century.
Cullinan argues in his book, Wild Law of the impending fact that our species is rapidly destroying our only habitably place to live planet Earth. He indicates that our current governance systems are extremely dysfunctional and need to be completely reengineered. Furthermore, the many environmental treaties, laws and policies adopted in recent years have, by large, failed to slow down, or let alone halt or reverse, the destruction of the planet. This he maintains, is because the legal systems of the present government systems and the policies and institutions associated with them, are based on a mechanistic and dualistic understanding of the world, and on various myths, all of which we now know to be false. Myths such as the belief that human society is separate from, and ultimately superior to the natural world, are now 'hard-wired' into most legal and political systems. Consequently, the overall effect of these governance systems is to facilitate and legitimise the ongoing degradation of our planet.
Cullinan explains the complicated process of how we need to change our entire approach to governance so that we can continue life on our planet. His qualifications’ speak for themselves. He is currently a practising environmental attorney and a governance expert based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has His work has traveled him too many countries in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Asia. 2008, he was honoured in Planet Savers: 301 Extraordinary Environmentalists, a book that profiles the most leading environmentalists throughout human history. Cormac led the drafting of the 2010 Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. He still maintains his role as senior environmental lawyer and adviser on institutional, policy and regulatory reform in the fields of environment and natural resource management. His work in pioneering the legal philosophy governance systems called “Earth jurisprudence” is internationally recognised. Cormac is currently also the director of EnAct International, a research association of the University of Cape Town, and an existing member of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission.
Wide-ranging experience in policy formulation has given Cormac particular expertise in drafting legislation and international treaties as well as in...

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