NATURE'S RIGHTS AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL
What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves. Our legal and economic systems are violating both the rights of nature and human rights: a “co-violation” of rights. ELC works internationally to correct this problem through systematic reforms, defending the rights of nature in partnership with advocates for human rights and indigenous rights.
Our environmental challenges span the globe, arising from legal systems that fail to recognize nature’s rights. ELC accordingly advocates before the United Nations and other international forums, seeking laws and policies that create thriving communities of people and nature, flourishing together. Learn more.
In 2015, the Rights of Nature movement was listed as #5 in the “top 10 grassroots movements taking on the world.” Over 830,000 people have signed on in support of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, and countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand have adopted rights of nature into their governance systems. Learn more.