Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that trees, oceans, animals, mountains have rights just as human beings have rights.
Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.
“We the people assume the authority to conduct an Ethics Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. We will investigate cases of environmental destruction, which violate the Rights of Nature.” Prosecutor for the Earth at the first Permanent Rights of Nature Tribunal in Quito, Ecuador.
We know that when we disrespect and harm Nature we diminish ourselves and impoverish our children. A human right to life and dignity is meaningless without water and wilderness.
Watch a powerful video about our campaign for Rights of Nature!
Working Groups are the heart beat of the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature. The working groups bring people and organizations with a common interest together to actively advance the creation of human communities that respect and defend the rights of Nature.
Are you interested in becoming actively involved? Need support in addressing an inssue in your community? Consider joining a working group or creating one!
In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to include Rights for Nature in its national constitution.
In April 2010, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales Ayma called for the First People’s World Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Over 35,000 people participated in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Read the resulting Universal Declaration of Mother Earths Rights and declare your support!
A global grassroots campaign calling forth the Rights of Nature is gaining momentum. In the South American indigenous language of Kichwa, minka means “means a collective community work for the betterment of all”.
To this end, we are creating a “virtual” global minka and invite you to participate in our Rights of Nature social network, blog, forum and more. Let your voice be heard!
“We, the peoples and nations of Earth: considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny…”
“Every component of the Earth Community has three rights:
—The Right To Be,
—The Right to Habitat,
—The Right to fulfill its role in the ever-renewing processes of the earth community.”
– Thomas Berry