The Seeds of Vandana Shiva - VISUAL

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art &
The George Bernard Shaw Theatre

The Rights of Nature: A Global Movement

An environmental film screening with the County Carlow Environmental Network

Wednesday 25th September 2024 | 7pm

Admission: Free (this is a fundraiser for the CCEN with a raffle)

Western views and the legal system tend to view nature as property, and as a resource from which wealth is extracted, a commodity whose only value is to provide for human needs. But for millennia indigenous communities have viewed themselves as part of nature.

As pressures on ecosystems mount and as conventional laws seem increasingly inadequate to address environmental degradation, communities, cities, regions and countries around the world are turning to a new legal strategy known as The Rights of Nature.

This film takes viewers on a journey that explores the more recent origins of this legal concept, and its application and implementation in Ecuador, New Zealand, and the United States. Learn how constitutional reforms adopted in Ecuador have helped recognize nature as a legal entity, and how partnerships between the Māori and the government of New Zealand have led to personhood status for rivers, lakes and forests, and a renewed sense of balance between people and nature. See how the Rights of Nature function in the urban setting of Santa Monica, California. The film explores the successes and challenges inherent in creating new legal structures that have the potential to maintain and restore ecosystems while achieving a balance between humans and nature.

It is still a small group, but the scientists and environmental activists who have vowed to change our concept of nature forever are celebrating their first successes. They are fighting for the recognition of inalienable, enforceable basic rights for nature – worldwide.

This screening will be followed by a talk (speaker TBA) and community discussion about how ideas from this film could be implemented in an Irish context.

This screening is made possible through Arts Council Funding.

Visit: to build community in Carlow and find out more.

Tickets can be purchased online, in person or over the phone at Box Office. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Wheelchair users and any group over 8 persons should book tickets directly through Box Office. Further Terms and Conditions can be found at

You may also like

Voices from the Field Lisa Fingleton and John Joe Fitzgerald filming Photo by Chris Garrett

Environmental Film Festival

County Carlow, Kildare & Wexford Environmental Networks

1st February 2023