An essential step to achieve recognition of Rights of Nature is to introduce a system of jurisprudence that gives natural communities standing in the court of law. A Rights of Nature system treats Nature as a fundamental, rights bearing entity, with intrinsic rights to exist and flourish, irrespective of its use and value to humans.
In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to officially recognize the rights of nature in its constitution. In April 2010 the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth was proclaimed in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and The Rights of Mother Earth by a diverse gathering of 35,000 people from 140 nations. In 2011 Bolivia introduced Rights of Nature through its Law of Mother Earth. In the United States, over two dozen towns and cities have implemented rights of nature ordinances. In Columbia over 700,000 people have signed a petition calling for the adoption of Righs of Nature as of July 2014. In January 2014 the first permanent Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal was held in Quito, Ecuador.
We are inviting you to sign this petition for the acceptance of Rights of Nature in solidarity with all of life and the people who are defending her directly.
Today, Nature is treated as property under current law. Nature has no standing and therefore, cannot be represented directly in a court of law. Our call is for humans and corporations to value Nature as a living being, in all its life forms, with the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles rather than being seen as property ─ a resource to be consumed.
We are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated forms. It is clearly evident that all forms of exploitation, abuse and contamination have caused great destruction to Mother Earth.
We are calling forth the worldwide acceptance and implementation of Rights of Nature / Rights of Mother Earth by all Nations and the UN. Express that you would like your country and all Nations to adopt Rights of Nature by signing this petition.
At the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a delegation for Rights of Mother Earth delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moom, 116,758 individual signatures from 113 nations plus signatures of leaders from 189 organizations representing 644,042 people who support this call.
We are continuing to collect signatures until we reach one million and will present them to the United Nations again at key occasions. Be the voice now for Rights of Nature. Sign our petition and forward it to your friends.
By signing this petition, I declare that I would like my country and all Nations to adopt Rights Of Nature.
Thank you for your participation - you make the difference.