During COP27 in Egypt, WECAN, Movement Rights, and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature are releasing a White Paper on the legal Rights of Nature Framework.
As humanity faces escalating climate and ecological crises, the Rights of Nature seeks to articulate a vision toward a new legal framework and economy based on living in balance with Earth’s natural systems, where the rights of humans do not extend to the domination of Nature. The Rights of Nature, one of the fastest-growing global environmental movements in history, offers a systemic framework for change.
With Rights of Nature laws in place in 23 countries to date, the movement for Rights of Nature is undeniable and globalized, emboldened in part by the tragedies of climate change, pollution, deforestation, species extinction, drought, famine, and extreme weather. In just 15 years, the recognition of Rights of Nature has gone from an idealistic notion to an urgently realistic and viable solution to the extinction of humanity and a necessary reframing at a systemic level of our human relationship with Nature.
Just in the last two years alone, 2021-22, there has been significant growth in the Rights of Nature movement, and we share in the report some of that very practical progress. These examples serve as a roadmap and inspiration that governments around the world can change course at this defining moment for the human species. There is no time to lose. Nature has made it perfectly clear that we cannot buy or negotiate our way out of the climate crisis, but instead, we must change the very way we relate to the systems of life. Rights of Nature charts the way forward, and we encourage all governments from the local, national to international levels to immediately engage in this vital Earth jurisprudence framework.Download the report here. Watch the press conference here.