Building a Global Force of Advocates for the Rights of Nature
We work to transform the law to recognize and protect nature’s inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve. Through this work, we envision a future in which humans and nature flourish together.
Join us in fighting for nature's rights.
ELC spearheaded the effort at the IUCN World Conservation Congress to incorporate rights of nature into the IUCN's Programme of work and priorities. We are pleased to announce that this work was successful: the IUCN has just completed the final 2017-2020 Programme, which commits to rights of nature as a key strategy. Read ELC's media release on recent IUCN and UN actions here. Also at the IUCN Congress, ELC led a joint workshop on "Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature," which explored the latest developments on the rights of nature and our responsibilities towards nature, and reparations for ecological damage.
ELC and partners of the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance (BARoNA) held a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Antioch, CA. An esteemed panel of Judges listened to witness and expert testimony on nature's, community and human rights violations that have occurred due to reduced flow in the Delta, and will occur with the Governor's Delta Tunnel Plan. What Did the Delta Say? Read the media release and ELC's closing remarks as prosecutor.
Learn about the partners and success stories in the rights of nature movement across the globe