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Good morning, this is Michelle and today we're asking what if nature, like you and me, had rights?

For the last decade, a group of environmentalists has been pushing for the UN to take up the idea and adopt a declaration on the rights of nature, hoping that it will help protect the Earth's ecosystems from human harm.

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Michelle Langrand


🍃 Granting rights to nature

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A protester holding a poster at a climate strike. (Credit: Ivan Radic)

As the overwhelming evidence of human activity’s impact on the planet stack up – pushing ecosystems towards the brink of collapse – a group of environmentalists are seeking to protect nature by having the UN recognise its rights.

While still at very early stages, the idea has been gaining support in the last decade in environmental circles. For its proponents, the increasing attention that climate change and other environmental challenges have gained in multilateral spaces could propel their proposal to reality in the coming years.

They gathered virtually and in-person at the UN Geneva headquarters at Palais des Nations in December for the Geneva Forum, organised every year by the Geneva-based NGO, Objectif Sciences International (OSI).

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