Blue Mountains Council awarded for innovative Rights of Nature policy | Blue Mountains Gazette


Blue Mountains Council has been recognised by an internationally famend Rights of Nature regulation agency and advocacy group for innovation in Rights of Nature insurance policies.

The Centre for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER) awarded its Local Recognition of Rights Award to Blue Mountains, in addition to Northern Ireland’s Derry City and Strabane Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council. The award recognises native governments which undertake legal guidelines and insurance policies increasing civil, democratic, and environmental rights on the municipal degree.

Praise for ‘rights of nature’ resolution: Mayor Mark Greenhill, Greens candidate Kingsley Liu and sitting Greens Cr Brent Hoare. File image April 2021.

Nature has rights: The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. In a first for Australia, in April BMCC recognised the rights of nature. Council has now been awarded for it. Picture: Dave Nobel

Nature has rights: The critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. In a primary for Australia, in April BMCC recognised the rights of nature. Council has now been awarded for it. Picture: Dave Nobel

The concept was sparked by sitting Ward 2 Greens councillor Brent Hoare and Greens candidate for Ward 3 Kingley Liu and permitted in April this yr.

“It’s such an honour for our metropolis to obtain this recognition for the steps we have taken to recognise the Rights of Nature, and I’d prefer to acknowledge the pivotal position the Greens’ Ward 3 candidate Kingsley Liu has performed in bringing this framework to our consideration,” Cr Hoare mentioned.

“We now shoulder an incredible accountability to ‘stroll the speak’ and make sure that the pure world is on the centre of every thing council does. For each plan and each undertaking, we should contemplate the way it will impression our native setting.”

Mari Margil, CDER’s government director, applauded the native officers who drafted and voted to undertake these resolutions.

“We are proud to … recognise groundbreaking native governments that are embracing the shift from our present environmental regulatory system to 1 primarily based on the popularity of the rights of nature.”

“For the primary time, we’re seeing a authorities entity significantly contemplate how you can shift from the western authorized strategy of treating nature as simply an object or human property, towards recognising nature as a dwelling group, with its personal rights to exist, thrive, and regenerate.”

Dr Maloney is aiding council in contemplating how you can incorporate the rights of nature into its operations and planning, and how you can join rights of nature approaches most appropriately with First Nations Peoples regulation and tradition within the Blue Mountains.

The worldwide motion to alter the authorized standing of nature from human property to exist in their very own proper began in 2008, when Ecuador was the primary nation to enshrine Rights of Nature in its structure, then in 2017, New Zealand recognised the authorized personhood of a river and nationwide park. India, the Ganges and its major tributary are actually thought-about authorized individuals and different mountains and glaciers world wide – even a lake in Ohio – are actually acknowledged as having their very own authorized standing.

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill, mentioned: “At a time when we face growing dangers and uncertainty from a number of pure disasters, together with bushfires, floods, pandemics and species extinction, it is essential that mankind seems at nature in a completely totally different approach and takes motion accordingly.”

Council CEO, Dr Rosemary Dillon, mentioned: “As a frontrunner in sustainability over the past 20 years, and as one of solely two cities on the planet absolutely situated inside a UNESCO declared World Heritage Area, BMCC recognises its stewardship accountability … integrating Rights of Nature rules into operations aligns with council’s dedication to making sure the social, financial and environmental sustainability of the town.”