The majority of the world’s economies and legal systems are based on the idea that nature is property and a “thing” separate and apart from humans, here only to serve our needs.
So, how do we change this narrative? By recognizing that nature has rights.
Recognizing the Rights of Nature is a potentially powerful tool for protecting the planet. Rather than treating nature as property, Rights of Nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to “exist, persist, maintain, and regenerate its vital cycle.”
Last month, Global Exchange brought together more than 50 international, national, and local visionaries, thinkers, and activists from across the globe for our 2013 Rights of Nature & Economics of the Biosphere Summit.
The Summit aimed to get these leaders from various disciplines to foster a deeper understanding of the Rights of Nature framework, to explore strategies for global movement building, and perhaps, most importantly, to forge new collaborations and campaigns and a revolutionary new path for safeguarding our planet.
The consensus at the end of the summit was clear: Rights of Nature provides an exciting new way to draw together disparate strands of activism, and offers a new organizing energy for all of our work as we rewrite our human story.
Find out more about the Summit on our People-to-People blog.
Focusing on both international and local perspectives, those in attendance worked together to draft a radical declaration that challenges capitalism and the structures that are destroying our world, and that calls for recognizing Rights of Nature as an essential way forward for humanity.
We are now turning to you. Please help us further the Rights of Nature movement. Make a $5 donation today and take the revolutionary work of the Rights of Nature Summit to the next level.
A few dollars will go a long way toward advancing Rights of Nature and protecting our precious planet.
Director, Community Rights Program