Discussing human rights and nature

Marina da Gama resident Sue Gie, chairperson of Wessa Western Cape, with environmental lawyer and author, Cormac Cullinan.

Human rights need to be in balance with those of the earth, an environmental lawyer told delegates from more than 20 environmental groups that met earlier this month at the Tygerberg Hills Nature Reserve. The meeting was organised by the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and the Tygerberg Hills Friends Group.

Cormac Cullinan, an environmental lawyer from Kenilworth and spokesperson for Rights of Nature, said it was time for environmental and social-justice organisations to work together.

“We need to create a powerful movement capable of driving transformation of legal, economic and political systems necessary to address key challenges of the 21st century.

“Small environmental groups are bedrock for this. Collaboration of enough people can render the old way of thinking obsolete. Momentum is occurring globally.”