What are Rights of Nature?

Answer

Rights of Nature laws are designed to reflect our 21st Century understanding of life on Earth – we are part of nature, interconnected with it and we depend upon it. We don’t have a right to own it and we don’t have a right to destroy it. The living world has a right to exist, thrive and evolve – and our legal system needs to be transformed to respect this reality. By recognizing the rights of watersheds, human activities will have to change to become more sustainable. We will have to be supportive of regenerative life on every level within all Lane County watersheds. The survival of life on the planet depends on we humans recognizing rights of nature! We humans are the only ones with a “legal system”, and how our legal system protects nature matters in our own human survival. We humans are absolutely dependent on nature for our life and our existence!