Establishing a Legal Basis for Protecting Our Planet
Rights of Nature recognize the Earth and all its ecosystems as a living being with inalienable rights: to exist, to live free of cruel treatment, to maintain vital processes necessary for the harmonious balance that supports all life.
Such laws also recognize the authority of people, communities, and governments to defend those rights.
Innovative Legal Structures for a Thriving Future
When the rights of ecosystems are recognized, we can more effectively balance the needs and wellbeing of all life within the context of existing legal systems – just as we currently do between individuals, corporations, and other rights-bearing entities.
We have brought our experience and allies in Ecuador to global conversations about sustainable democracy and community self-determination, including:
- Supporting the inclusion of Rights of Nature in the 2008 Ecuadorean Constitution, making Ecuador the first country in history to do so, and ensuring the enforcement at a local level
- Formation, along with The Pachamama Alliance and other partners, of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, a group of internationally recognized experts and leaders working for the universal adoption and implementation of Rights of Nature
- Supporting the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature in successfully forming the first Global Tribunal on the Rights of Nature in 2013