As a quick summary, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature sums it up as follows:
- Reasserting the community's rights to decide what goes on within their community;
- Limiting corporate personhood rights, and
- Recognizing the rights of natural communities or Nature.
Overall, the premises of the Rights to Nature law are as follows:
- Recognizes that Nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital, integral cycles.
- Natural ecosystems can be named as a rights bearing subject.
- Humans and government agencies have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights on behalf of natural systems.
- Damages are granted specifically to restore the ecosystem.
- Codifies the concept of sustainable development by disallowing activities that would interfere with the functioning of the natural systems that support human and natural life.
- Is not the same as human rights to nature.
There is also an effort underway for the United Nations to make a declaration concerning the "Rights of Nature". We'll probably see more about this in 2018.
Tonight there's a dinner at the Botanical Gardens which basically wraps up our work here in Geneva. So I'm off to say "Au Revoir" to my newly discovered colleagues from around the world.