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NRW: possibly the single most important strategy on Earth’s behalf – Arturo Escobar

NRW: possibly the single most important strategy on Earth’s behalf – Arturo Escobar

. Nature Rights Watch, the latest initiative spearheaded by one of Latin America’s premiere environmental think thanks and advocacy organizations –the Centro Latinoamericano de Ecologia Social, CLAES– is possibly the single most important strategy on Earth’s behalf to emerge in a long time.  Besides the creation of a sophisticated and effective infrastructure to assess the […]

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Rights of Nature: Rivers That Can Stand in Court

Rights of Nature: Rivers That Can Stand in Court

by Lidia Cano Pecharroman. An increasing number of court rulings and legislation worldwide are recognizing rights of nature to be protected and preserved. Recognizing these rights also entails the recognition that nature has the right to stand in court and to be represented for its defense. This is still an incipient field and every step […]

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India’s Ganges and Yamuna rivers are ‘not living entities’

India’s Ganges and Yamuna rivers are ‘not living entities’

India’s revered Ganges and Yamuna rivers cannot be viewed as living entities, the Supreme Court has ruled. It overruled an order made in March by the High Court in Uttarakhand state, which said that the two rivers had the same legal status as human beings. The move was seen as a measure to increase protection […]

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Si ríos y humanos comparten el mismo status legal, debemos respetar sus derechos

Si ríos y humanos comparten el mismo status legal, debemos respetar sus derechos

El Ganges y el Whanganui tienen ya una personalidad jurídica, aunque no sólo la ley debe dictar el respeto por la naturaleza. Ashish Kothari, Mari Margil y Shrishtee Bajpai Varios eventos relacionados, aunque geográficamente distantes, apuntaron el mes pasado hacia un cambio dramático en la conflictiva relación de la humanidad con la naturaleza. Por un […]

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Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings

Ganges and Yamuna rivers granted same legal rights as human beings

Indian court cites the Whanganui in New Zealand as example for according status to two rivers considered sacred. Michael Safi and agencies The Ganges river, considered sacred by more than 1 billion Indians, has become the first non-human entity in India to be granted the same legal rights as people. A court in the northern […]

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New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being

New Zealand river granted same legal rights as human being

After 140 years of negotiation, Māori tribe wins recognition for Whanganui river, meaning it must be treated as a living entity. Eleanor Ainge Roy In a world-first a New Zealand river has been granted the same legal rights as a human being. The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for […]

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The Natural Contract: From Lévi-Strauss to the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court

The Natural Contract: From Lévi-Strauss to the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court

by Erin Fitz-Henry.  – In 2008, the Ecuadorian Constituent Assembly became the first juridical body in the world to legalize what Michel Serres might have called a ‘natural contract.’ With the assistance of the U.S.-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, representatives at the Assembly in July of 2008 re-wrote their 1998 constitution to include a […]