In a move that would represent the first State-wide Rights of Nature attempt in the United States, Vermont Rights of Nature Campaign seeks to establish an amendment to the Vermont constitution that would grant legal rights to Nature—giving Nature a seat at the table along with humans and corporations.
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NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Rights of Nature Campaign
Dec. 12, 2012
To get involved, contact organizer Steve Marx:
Like many, Steve Marx was astounded at the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Citizens United case that gave corporations the same rights as people. Unlike most, Marx has set about doing something positive in reaction to it. With the help of the Vermont Law Schoolʼs Environmental Law Center, the Earth Law Center and a number of his fellow Strafford residents, Marx has started the Vermont Rights of Nature campaign which seeks to establish an amendment to the Vermont Constitution that would grant legal rights to Nature—giving Nature a seat at the table along with humans and corporations.
The Campaign has drafted a proposed Rights of Nature article to be voted on at Straffordʼs town meeting in March. It calls for an amendment to the Vermont Constitution that would “recognize in the law the natural, inherent and inalienable rights of forests, natural areas, waterways, and fish and wildlife populations of Vermont to exist, thrive and evolve.”
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