Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction

Cameron La Follette, Chris Maser

May 23, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 406 Pages - 46 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498788441 - CAT# K30293
Series: Social Environmental Sustainability

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  • Lays out Nature’s fifteen Laws of Reciprocity integral to changing our relationship with the earth as a means of sustaining all living systems.
  • Provides a roadmap for how Rights of Nature can be placed at the center of the American legal system, both at the Federal and State levels.
  • Discusses the emerging paradigm of Nature’s Rights led by Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.
  • Explores the principles needed to help create a Rights of Nature-based society.
  • Examines hindrances to achieving a Rights of Nature sustainable environment and legal system, and offers solution-based frameworks to counter destruction of ecosystems worldwide.
  • Shows how adopting and prioritizing Rights of Nature in legal and land management systems will solve overexploitation of the environment and create a sustainable society.


Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction is a much-needed guide that addresses the exciting and significant paradigm shift to the Rights of Nature, as it is occurring both in the United States and internationally in the fields of environmental law and environmental sustainability. This shift advocates building a relationship of integrity and reciprocity with the planet by placing Nature in the forefront of our rights-based legal systems. The authors discuss means of achieving this by laying out Nature’s Laws of Reciprocity and providing a roadmap of the strategies and directions needed to create a Rights of Nature-oriented legal system that will shape and maintain human activities in an environmentally sustainable manner. This work is enriched with an array of unique and relevant points of reference such as the feudal notions of obligation, principles of traditional indigenous cultivation, the Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment, and the new Rights of Nature-based legal systems of Ecuador and Bolivia that can serve as prototypes for the United States and other countries around the world to help ensure a future of environmental sustainability for all living systems.


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