Unfortunately in present times there is a predominant attitude, which considers the different aspects of nature as resources to be owned and traded. This perspective sets humans apart from nature, rather than recognising that all life forms and ecosystems are deeply intertwined. Because of this we have now reached a point of huge environmental instability. Naturally humanity want to survive and fortunately we have a wealth of ingenuity to help us to do so, yet we cannot afford to ignore our interdependence with the other life forms and ecological systems of Earth. Interestingly by considering the needs of nature as a whole, we are actually working to provide for our own long-term needs.
Now with the widespread degradation of so many fundamental life-supporting ecosystems, it seems that a formal recognition of the rights of nature is essential to prevent irreparable worldwide environmental disasters. We therefore support and commend the work being done to secure the global recognition of the rights of nature. The Peoples Agreement (from the World People’s Conference on Climate Change) and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia are also important parts of this process.
While attending Rio+20 we became Signatories of the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaty – ‘Rights of Mother Earth’