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The industrial modern fossil fueled societies are founded in, and structured by, a worldview in which we humans have considered us to stand above nature with a boundless right to dominate, control and exploit it. What if we instead acknowledge that human survival is intimately linked to nature’s right to flourish? Recognizing Rights of Nature (RoN) in legislation is a system innovation that has been tried around the world in constitutions (Ecuador, Bolivian and Peru), environmental law (Australia, New Zealand), and ordinances of the USA and Spain as well as the international scene, where it is found in the UN Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth with unexpectedly good results in dealing with complex environmental issues. However, there is still much research to be done when it comes to how understand RoN, how to justify it morally, and how to implement RoN locally if it will have local to global impact.

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