Does Nature have inalienable rights?

I was going to write an article about Nature’s rights, but Sarah wrote it for me . . . 🙂

Sarah G.Wheeler

Recently I’ve been pondering if humans are the only beings on this planet that have inalienable rights. Humans set up governments to run society, but we all know our society includes the land, air and water around us – we are connected to the environment. So, should the way we govern our society include rights for the environment? In 2008, Ecuador was the first country to recognize that both humans and nature have inalienable Rights in its constitution. Let’s take a look at some of these Rights.

The Rights of Nature include..

  • The right to EXIST, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and evolutionary processes.
  • The right to be RESPECTED fully for her existence (“tiene derecho a que se respete integralmente su existencia”).
  • The right to be RESTORED.

The rights of people (and/or the state) include…

  • The authority to ENFORCE these rights on behalf…

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