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The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
by Council of Canadians, Global Exchange & Fundacion Pachamama

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Publication Date: April 2011
Publisher: Council of Canadians, Fundacion Pachamama, & Global Exchange


This revolutionary new book reveals the path of a movement that is driving the cultural and legal shift that is necessary to transform our human relationship with nature away from being property-based and towards a rights-based model of balance. The book gathers the unique wisdom of indigenous cultures, scientists, environmental activists, lawyers, and small farmers to make a case for how and why humans must work to change our current structures of law to recognize that nature has inherent rights.

The question of Rights for Mother Earth will be introduced to the United Nations on April 20th, 2011 in New York during a session on 'Harmony with Nature'. Put forward by Bolivia, it is the first step toward what many believe will culminate in the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth in the months to come. At the U.N., Speakers including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow, Cormac Cullinan, Martin Kohr, Ambassador Pablo Solon, among others, will be making a case for nature's rights. A companion piece for the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this emerging Declaration - backed by enforceable laws around the world - seeks to wholly redefine our human relationship with all other species from one of dominance to one of harmony.

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