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A Rights Revolution for Nature: Introduction of Legal Rights for Nature Could Protect Natural Systems from Destruction
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
Oviedo University.
2019 (English)In: Science, ISSN 0036-8075, E-ISSN 1095-9203, Vol. 363, no 6434, p. 1392-1393Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Laws aimed at preventing harm to the environment appear to be insufficient to halt or reverse environmental decline. In a Perspective, the authors highlight recent efforts to address this issue by recognizing intrinsic rights of nature. Going beyond the rights for individuals that animal rights advocates call for, the rights of nature proponents focus on natural communities, ecosystems and other natural entities. Several jurisdictions around the world have recognized rights of nature in specific circumstances, providing a potential means to protect natural entities even when their needs conflict with those of humans. Successful expansion and implementation of this concept will, however, depend on legal systems' ability to integrate ecological knowledge, as well as how much weight is given to rights of nature when they are in conflict with those of humans or corporations.

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2019. Vol. 363, no 6434, p. 1392-1393
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379361DOI: 10.1126/science.aav5601ISI: 000462738000014PubMedID: 30872530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-379361DiVA, id: diva2:1296426
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