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Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world -- The Ecologist

Being Nature - extending civil rights to the natural world -- The Ecologist

It starts with the premise that all life is protected - and then seeks to find the balance required to maintain our dynamic relationship with all life - not the other way round. Despite the proliferation of environmental laws and treaties, destruction of the natural world still continues apace. One of the key reasons that this occurs is because our environmental laws - which see nature as property - legitimise it. It starts with the premise that all of life isn't protected, leaving us with the impossible task of reactively legislating to carve out protections, rather than proactively creating the frameworks needed to create the ecologically thriving world that all wish to inhabit. The laws that we already have - such as the EC Habitats and Species Directive, the UK Wildlife and Countryside Act and the US Endangered Species Act - selectively protect species proven to be und...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/campaigning/2363662/being_nat...

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