When nature launches a complaint

By Audrey Somnard Switch to French for original article

What if the fight against climate change were to take place in court? In her film "Green Justice", French journalist and documentary filmmaker Stenka Quillet offers concrete examples from around the world where nature has become a legal entity in its own right. A successful new approach.

Activists chained to trees, spectacular demonstrations in front of the headquarters of large companies, rubber dinghy facing whaling ships… Environmental organisations are often forced to take action to get public attention, for lack of legal recourse. In her documentary, being shown on Monday the 4th of April in a special screening in her presence, journalist Stenka Quillet proposes the law as a solution to save the planet.

This time, after several investigative films, Stenka Quillet wanted to offer a film full of solutions. It was after reading Valérie Cabanes' book, Homo Natura, that the producer became more interested in the subject: "She is a lawyer who fights to give rights to nature, as is the case for corporate law. It seemed crazy at first, but corporate law is now well established, so it should be the same with nature. She was the one who told me about the "Affaire du Siècle" from 2019.

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