Rights of Nature

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We are custodians of a living planet

Acting as custodians of our local landscapes, we recognize the inalienable Rights of Nature to exist, thrive, regenerate and to sustain life.  Rivers have a right to flow free of contamination. Soils are living systems that have a right to health. Pollinators have a right to live in healthy ecosystems.  

Nature’s economy is the foundation for sustaining life. Therefore, communities have a right and a responsibility to work in partnership with Nature by implementing integrative regenerative economies within local landscapes designed to promote their mutual well-being.

We are responsible for putting our house in order to leave it in the care of future generations

We acknowledge that current economic dependence on destructive practices has compromised the living systems on which we all depend and left us vulnerable to the forces of climate change and food and water insecurity. We acknowledge the right of natural systems to be revived and restored to health.

To that end we claim the right to direct our shared public resources to shape thriving local economies designed to restore the vitality of natural systems and their capacity to sustain life and our responsibility to discontinue public subsidies to economies designed to rely on destroying ecosystems.

People rely on healthy ecosystems. The State shall prohibit the use of current or the introduction of additional organisms and organic or synthetic material that alter with the genetic material within ecosystems. Further the State shall implement preventative and restrictive measures on activities that lead to the extinction of species and the alteration of natural cycles.

Communities are organizing to provide NATURE with the rights she needs.

TAKE HEART: Colombia Constitutional Court finds Atrato River possesses rights.