Rights of Nature in Crestone, Colorado

On July 16, 2018 - the Town of Crestone’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution recognizing the rights of nature. Crestone, Colorado now joins dozens of communities, cities, and nations around the world that recognize nature’s inherent rights.

Read the resolution here.

In conceiving and drafting the resolution, Crestone consulted numerous experts, including Earth Law Center. The other experts included longtime Crestone visitor and “Earth Jurisprudence” advocate Myra L. Jackson, the U.N. Harmony with Nature program, and the attorney whodrafted Santa Monica’s rights of nature law, Marsha Moutrie. Additionally, the local newspaper, the Crestone Eagle, fostered important community dialogue on the initiative.

Cities and towns around the United States are adopting laws and policies to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the environment’s own right to be healthy.

Watch Grant Wilson's talk at Crestone, Colorado:


Advised by Earth Law Center and community groups, the City Council of Santa Monica unanimously passed in 2013 a Sustainability Rights Ordinance, which 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.

Photo by Jeffrey Beall via Wikimedia Commons