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Rights of Nature : A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World - by David R. Boyd (Paperback)
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Palila v Hawaii. New Zealand’s Te Urewera Act. Sierra Club v Disney. These legal phrases hardly sound like the makings of a revolution. But beyond the headlines portending environmental catastrophes, a movement of immense import has been building — in courtrooms, legislatures, and communities across the globe. Cultures and laws are transforming to provide a powerful new approach to protecting the planet and the species with whom we share it.
In April 2015, a New York judge recognized two chimpanzees as legal persons, forcing the university where they were being used for experiments to release them into the care of Save the Chimps, a sanctuary in Ft. Pierce, Florida. In Hawaii and India, judges have recognized that endangered species — from birds to lions — have the legal right to exist. Around the world, more and more laws are being passed recognizing that ecosystems — rivers, forests, mountains, and more — have legally enforceable rights. And if nature has rights, then humans have responsibilities.
In The Rights of Nature, noted environmental lawyer David Boyd tells this remarkable story, which is, at its heart, one of humans as a species finally growing up. Read this book and your world view will be altered forever. Important and timely, The Rights of Nature is a recipe for hope for humans and all forms of life.