Life Can’t Wait: A New Legal Standing for the Earth


Do Trees have standing? Does a River have rights? Despite decades of environmental laws, Earth’s health continues to decline. Is this any surprise if the environment has no voice in decision-making and cannot bring issues to court? Susan Eirich of Earthfire Institute and Darlene Lee from the Earth Law Center tell us this is changing. There is a growing Earth Law movement that holds that nature has inherent rights that can be defended in courts. Two countries now have Rights of Nature in their constitutions. Over two dozen municipalities in the US have passed ordinances including rights of nature. Learn more about Earth Law and its practice on this episode of Earthfire Radio.

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About Earthfire Radio

Susan Eirich is the Founder and Executive Director of Earthfire Institute. Earthfire Radio is a podcast hosted by Earthfire Institute celebrating environmental change makers through conversations about ecology and spirit in action.