Rights of Nature Toolkit

Hot off the press: Earth Law Center and other leading practitioners released a Community Toolkit for Rights of Nature. Download the Toolkit now to learn how your own municipal government can harmonize its environmental programs with the needs of Nature.

Local communities lead the way to Rights of Nature wins. Cities and towns across the United States and around the world have adopted laws and policies that recognize the human right to a healthy environment and Nature’s own right to be healthy. Join us in this global movement.


Last year, the Town of Crestone’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the Rights of Nature. Read the resolution here.

In conceiving and drafting the resolution, Crestone consulted numerous experts, including Earth Law Center, Myra L. Jackson (Senior Advisor on Whole Earth Civics for Geoversiv Foundation), and Marsha Moutrie (former City Attorney of Santa Monica).

Watch Grant Wilson's talk in Crestone, Colorado


Earth Law Center also helped Santa Monica with its Sustainability Rights Ordinance (2013), which was the west coast’s first Rights of Nature law. The Ordinance recognizes that “natural communities and ecosystems possess fundamental and inalienable rights to exist and flourish in the City of Santa Monica.”


To correct the environmental problems we face, we must fully understand their scope. Transparency is critical. We also must know who are allies are and reach out to them to work together in this shared effort. ELC maps the data on both problems and allies, to help focus and galvanize the support needed for success.

For more information, contact Directing Attorney Grant Wilson at gwilson@earthlaw.org.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Wikimedia Commons