A different cultural perspective may prompt the understanding that the world as a whole needs to change the way we view nature. "Does the use value of river exhaust its whole value, or is there something beyond economics?" - Debadityo Sinha
A town in Pennsylvania is advocating for better environmental policy... by fighting for nature's rights! "Until the rightless thing receives its rights, we cannot see it as anything but a thing for the use of 'us'." - Christopher Stone
Human rights are directly linked to environmental rights. Environmental distress tends to first harm marginalized or vulnerable groups, such as children. The fight for environmental rights is the fight for human rights.
Protecting the environment has far reaching and vital impacts. "We cannot protect our own rights without recognizing that our rights depend on safeguarding the rights of Earth." - Linda Sheehan of Center for Humans and Nature.
A change in the sustainability model reflects the change we need in in our environmental policy. Instead of "valuing nature for its utility to human beings - as resources, property or natural capital... [see] it as the source of life." - Mumta Ito.
We can turn the tide by recognizing and protecting species and ecosystems inherent rights to exist. “A mass extinction could have happened right under our noses... a lot more field work needs to be done in the tropics. The time to do it is now.” - John Alroy, a professor at Australia’s Macquarie University.