Exploring Bioregionalism: Earthy governance stories from India

July 25, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)
Online via Zoom

Join us for AELA’s “Exploring Bioregionalism” webinar series! In our July webinar, AELA Convenor and Greenprints creator, Dr Michelle Maloney, will be joined by Shrishtee Bajpai, from Kalpavriksh and the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, to explore bioregionalism from the perspective of different communities and projects in India. 

Bioregionalism is a a philosophy that sees human societies and culture as part of nature, and proposes that modern human societies can be more sustainable, successful and meaningful, if our political, cultural and economic systems are organised within natural boundaries such as bioregions and catchments (watersheds). Some have referred to bioregionalism as ‘localisation within the foundations of nature’.



Shrishtee Bajpai is a researcher- activist based in Pune, India and is a member of environmental action group- Kalpavriksh. Her current research is focussed on exploring alternatives to mainstream development models, documenting worldviews of communities and networking. She helps in coordinating a process called the Vikalp Sangam (Alternatives Confluence). It is an ongoing process of bringing together practitioners, thinkers, researchers, and others working on alternatives to currently dominant forms of economic development and political governance. She is a core team member of a global platform called the Global Tapestry of Alternatives which aims at creating exchanges, synergies, cross-learning, and collaboration amongst the various radical alternative and social/ecological justice movements around the world. Shrishtee is also involved in research and advocacy for recognising rights of rivers in India.


Dr Michelle Maloney is an Earth lawyer and advocate for ecocentric and nature based governance. She is recognised internationally and in Australia for her work advocating for Earth centred law and governance, including First Laws and the Rights of Nature. Michelle is Co-Founder and Director of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA), and Co-Founder and Director of Future Dreaming, an Indigenous led organisation that works to share Indigenous ecological and governance knowledge with non-Indigenous people and organisations in Australia. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and History) and Laws (Honours) from the Australian National University and a PhD in Law from Griffith University. 


Greenprints is a framework for nature based thinking and action. It has been designed by AELA, to make it easier for people to think differently, locate ourselves within our bioregions and ecosystems, understand the options we have to minimise impact and increase nature positive actions – and redesign our relationships with nature. Greenprints draws on bioregionalism and ‘bioregioning’ as key concepts for rethinking our personal, organisational and community wide governance systems.

Visit our website – www.greenprints.org.au


AELA is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase the understanding and practical implementation of Earth-centred (ecocentric) governance, with a focus on systems change across law, economics, education, ethics and community participation in Australia. AELA’s vision is an Australian society that embraces an ecocentric or ‘life-centred’ culture, with governance systems that enable human communities to thrive within ecological boundaries, while nurturing biodiversity and ecosystem health. AELA’s work includes education programs and project support for people, communities and organisations working to create ecocentric systems change.

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