Vast over-allocation of water, with very little (or sometimes none) left for waterways themselves, exceeds California’s actual freshwater supply by about fivefold.
The Rights of Nature movement... is still relatively young, and its proponents are still actively involved in debates about how to best articulate its conceptual framework.
Medicine Bow National Forest, near ELC's new regional office in Boulder, CO
Dams disrupt a waterway's ability to support vital ecosystems. They increase evaporation, and make coastlines vulnerable to storm surges and rising sea levels.
Over 30 million people rely upon the water from the Great Lakes, which touch eight states, and the Canadian province of Ontario.
In Spring 2017, ELC launched the Rights of the Ocean Initiative to promote an Earth-centered paradigm in ocean governance.
Three rivers in Mexico, the Magdalena, Atoyac and San Pedro Mezquital, face significant threats including pollution and altered flows. A proposed dam would seriously damage the San Pedro Mezquital.
The convergence of two major ocean currents turn the waters of coastal Uruguay into a rich ecosystem, and nursery for fish, seabirds, and whales.
Earth Law recognizes the worldviews of many indigenous cultures and applies it to legal systems.
The Nez Perce tribe has been calling for the removal of four dams on the Lower Snake River.
ELC partners with the UN Harmony with Nature to advance a paradigm shift to recognize rights of nature.
Once a symbol of ingenuity and engineering prowess, the latest research shows that dams destroy river ecosystems and adversely affect human health and well-being.
Student activism captures media attention, prompting the public to respond to causes. It can shift the paradigm on climate change and policies that are detrimental to the environment.
The Patagonian Shelf is a highly productive ecosystem due to the mixing of the warm saline waters of the Brazil Current and the cooler, nutrient rich sub-Antarctic waters.
Calling for the creation of a new legal and social paradigm to ensure current and future generations with adequate supplies of clean water.
IMPAC4 met in Chile with over 1000 participants from 80 countries, including the Prince of Monaco, President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet and renowned oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle.
Securing rights for nature would mean that rivers have a right to clean water and adequate flows, and ecosystems have a right to integral health free from pollution.
Despite increased efforts to protect the environment, the destruction continues. To restore balance, nature needs legal rights too. In some places it is already happening.
Despite many successes of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), our world's seas and oceans continue to suffer from pollution and degradation. What the seas and oceans need is a paradigm shift so that other species and ecosystem needs are equally important to human ones.
"Now, the world at large seems to be rediscovering indigenous wisdom by coming around to the idea that humans are part of a complex whole – not outside and independent of it."