By David R. Boyd
In courtrooms, legislatures and communities across the globe a legal revolution is building. From New Zeland to New York, lawyers are fighting to gain legal rights for nature, transforming law and culture to provide a powerful new approach to protecting the planet and the species with whom we share it.
Lawmakers are ending the era of keeping intelligent animals like chimpanzees and killer whales in captivity, and judges have recognized that endangered species, from birds to lions, have the right to exist. Around the world, more and more laws are acknowledging that ecosystems – rivers, forests, mountains and more, have legally enforceable rights. The Rights of Nature is the story of humans finally coming of age as partners and protectors of the environment and all of its inhabitants.