On October 27th 2017 – the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), with its International Center for the Rights of Nature, partnered with Tulane Law School to host the Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law – Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles.
The Symposium brought together key leaders in the Rights of Nature movement – from Ecuador, Nepal, the United States, Australia, and Sweden, as well as from local communities and tribal nations.
At the Symposium, academics, lawyers, and activists developed a set of guidelines for recognizing and enforcing legal rights of nature. Known as the Rights of Nature Principles, they explain how today’s environmental laws are unable to protect the world’s “major ecosystems,” and the need for advancing laws which “recognize nature and its constituent ecosystems as interconnected, living components capable of possessing rights of their own….”
Today, communities, people, and even governments are recognizing that there is a need to make a fundamental shift in humankind’s relationship with the natural world, by placing the highest protections on nature through the recognition of legal rights.
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For full details visit https://celdf.org/rights-nature-symposium/