Ecosystems and other species are alive. Yet the law treats them as objects separate to us. This has wide reaching consequences that drive the environmental crisis. Rights of nature is a game changing solution that brings fundamental and systemic transformation to our legal and economic system by re-characterising nature - ecosystems and species - as a subject of the law with legal personality and tangible rights that can be defended in court by people. This counterbalances corporate rights and provides a viable alternative to the financialisation of nature. When these rights are integrated into all areas of policy, economic activity operates to enhance rather than undermine the resilience of ecosystems ensuring that humanity thrives in harmony with nature.
Mumta Ito - lawyer, zoologist and founder of Rights of Nature Europe makes a passionate speech at TEDx about why we need to have natures' rights enshrined in law.