Ecuador’s constitution grants rights to nature

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“…the most interesting aspect of the new constitution is that it grants inalienable rights to nature.

The Pennsylvania based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) assisted in drafting the “Rights of Nature” chapter in the new constitution.  Language in the document assures nature the “right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution” and obligates the government to take “precaution and restriction measures in all the activities that can lead to the extinction of species, the destruction of the ecosystems or the permanent alteration of the natural cycles.”

Source: Sustainable Design Update
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Daniel Montano

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