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.
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ELC released its second annual report detailing co-violations of human rights and nature’s rights around the globe. Rights co-violations occur when governments or industry, or both, impact humans and nature out of the same destructive activity. The report examines 200 instances of co-violations of rights worldwide and highlights specific solutions. The report is paired with an online map, where the public can also submit details on additional co-violations.
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.
Learn about the partners and success stories in the rights of nature movement across the globe