“Under Rights of Nature, the Earth and its ecosystems are viewed as living beings with rights. “The natural world is … an equal stakeholder in maintaining the wellbeing of the planet — an active participant that is worthy of our respect.” Nature is protected based on its intrinsic value instead of for its monetary value as a consumable resource.
“…. in 2010, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature was founded by a group of 20 people, including Bill Twist, co-founder of the Pachamama Alliance. The group gathered in Monteles, Ecuador with a goal to find ways to expand the ideas of Rights of Nature around the world.
“The Global Alliance held a Rights of Nature Tribunal as part of the COP20 conference in Lima in 2014, issuing verdicts on 12 cases of violations to nature and local communities. The next Tribunal is scheduled for December 4-5, 2015, during the COP21 conference in Paris.
“The Rights of Nature movement bears critical importance for COP 21, the 21st UN Conference of the Parties, to be held in December 2015. The Rights of Nature Tribunal at COP 21 will help to galvanize international leaders into action by drawing to the forefront the “widening chasm between what global civil society wants done and what governments are willing to agree to and implement.””
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