What if nature had rights, just like people and corporations?

In most countries, nature has the legal status of property. This means that our current laws protect nature only for the benefit of people and corporations, since the environment has no rights itself.

Earth Law is the idea that ecosystems have the right to exist, thrive, and evolve—and that nature should be able to defend its rights in court, just like people can.

EARTH LAW: THE SOLUTION TO SOME OF OUR TOUGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

Also available in Spanish.


Videos and Webinars

  • ELC Webinar with Rights of Nature Sweden, as part of the "Earth Rights Conversations" series. Watch the webinar here (2018)
  • Bless the Water, "The Voice of Water" (2018). Grant Wilson, working to create replicable models of laws that communities across the world could pass to establish legal rights for rivers is featured in this video. To watch the full film, register with your email.

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