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One of the most widespread assumptions in modern societies is the idea that Nature is property and a resource to be used by human beings for our own ends.

If we want to build a just, thriving, and sustainable world, we need to shift this assumption and recognize that Nature sustains all life, including ours, and must be free to continue doing so.

Protect the Earth and Community Rights

Rights of Nature is an innovative legal concept that could powerfully shift our legal, economic, and intellectual relationship to Nature.

By recognizing the Earth and all its ecosystems as a living being with inalienable rights, Rights of Nature honors our planet as someone to be protected, rather than something to be destroyed.

Such laws also endow people with the authority to defend ecosystems, giving our communities an important tool to truly protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our overall well-being.

Three Ways to Make Rights of Nature a Topic of Global Conversation

The Power of Spreading the Word

Yesterday, 350.org and others organized a “Twitter storm” to call on world leaders gathered at this week’s Rio+20 Earth Summit to end fossil fuel subsidies.

Millions of people helped make the hash tag #endfossilfuelsubsidies the number two topic globally and number one in the U.S. – demonstrating that grassroots efforts can still influence public discourse.

So, while we’ve got the world’s attention on fossil fuel subsidies, let’s get at the underlying assumption behind them by bringing Rights of Nature to the conversation.

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