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Greens commit to Rights of Nature law

TheEcologist, 29th February 2016

Photo: 攝影家9號 - Photographer No.9 via Flickr (CC BY-ND).

Photo: 攝影家9號 – Photographer No.9 via Flickr (CC BY-ND).

“At its Spring Conference in Harrogate yesterday the Green Party of England & Wales gave formal recognition to the Rights of Nature in an overwhelming vote, committing it to passing a new law to that effect at the earliest opportunity.

The Green Party of England & Wales yesterday became the first UK-wide political party to vote Rights of Nature into their policies.

The motion was passed overwhelmingly by the conference floor. The full text that was passed was worked on in coordination with Mari Margil from CELDF (Community Environmental League Defence Fund), and Mumta Ito from the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature.

Rights of Nature is a growing environmental movement calling for new legal tools to be developed to defend nature’s ecosystems. Central to this is the rejection of market valuations of nature and the recognition that nature will only be protected if we respect its innate value in law.”

Read the full article at: Greens commit to Rights of Nature law, The Ecologist

The Rights of Nature must be recognized in law, TheEcologist, 25th February 2016

In an earlier article dated 25 February, Atus Mariqueo-Russell & Rupert Read reported The Rights of Nature must be recognised in law

“Existing models of protecting nature are failing, write Atus Mariqueo-Russell & Rupert Read. They serve to regulate, rather than prevent the destruction of nature, and are now adopting the very ‘market’ approaches that are largely responsible for the problem. The answer is to give formal effect to the Rights of Nature.

'Diagonal Nature' - Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain. Photo: Pablo Fernández via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

‘Diagonal Nature’ – Picos de Europa, Asturias, Spain. Photo: Pablo Fernández via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND).

Capitalism’s favoured economistic approach will not protect the environment, because it involves a further commodification of nature’s ecosystems – embracing precisely the same framework that has failed us so miserably.

At this week’s Green Party conference we will be putting forward a proposal to adopt Rights of Nature into the Green Party’s policies.

Central to this motion are the rights of nature to ‘exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, as well as the right to restoration’.

Currently Britain’s piecemeal environmental regulations consider nature as an object of commerce within the law, and thus they prevent us from protecting ecosystems in any meaningful sense.

The best our law can provide is the regulation of nature’s destruction; a mitigation of the worst excesses of rampant extractivist neoliberalism.”

Read the full article at: TheEcologist The Rights of Nature must be recognised in law.