Sustainability and the Rights of Nature in Practice is the much-needed complementary volume to Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction (CRC Press, May 2017). The first book laid out the international precursors for the Rights of Nature doctrine and described the changes required to create a Rights of Nature framework that supports Nature in a sustainable relationship rather than as an exploited resource. This follow-up work provides practitioners from diverse cultures around the world an opportunity to describe their own projects, successes, and challenges in moving toward a legal personhood for Nature. It includes contributions from Nepal, New Zealand, Canadian Native American cultures, Kiribati, the United States and Scotland, amongst others, by practitioners working on projects that can be integrated into a Rights of Nature framework. The authors also tackle required changes to shift the paradigm, such as thinking of Nature in a sacred manner, reorienting Nature’s rights and human rights, the conceptualization of restoration, and the removal of large-scale energy infrastructure.
Curated by experts in the field, this expansive collection of papers will prove invaluable to a wide array of policymakers and administrators, environmental advocates and conservation groups, tribal land managers, and communities seeking to create or maintain a sustainable relationship with Nature.
Introduction: What Rights of Nature Is and What It Must Include. Rights of Nature: Acting Towards Land in a Sacred Manner. Small Scale Paradigm Changes Add to the Rights of Nature Mosaic. Definitions of Difficult Terms. Philosophical and Legal Considerations. Human Rights to a Sustainable Environment Is Not Enough. Ecological Law, Governance and Ethics. Restoration is Not Rights of Nature – Unless It Is Systemic. Rights of Nature in Practice: Examples and Beginnings. The Whanganui River, Personhood and New Zealand Leadership. Ecuador and Bolivia: Problems on the Ground. The Ganges Watershed and Legal Personhood. Sustainable Nations, Rights of Nature in Practice if Not Law. Nepal: Case Law and Changes. Bhutan: A Sustainable Kingdom. Belize: A Nature-Based Economy. Rights of Nature in Practice: Challenges and Opportunities. The Problem and Promise of American Communities and Rights of Nature. Indigenous Cultivation, Native Lands and Rights of Nature: A Network of Regional Opportunities. Rights of Nature in Practice: Energy and Infrastructure. Road Maps for the Switch to Small Scale Solar. Removing Elwha Dam, Other Dams and Energy Infrastructure. The Rights of Nature Mosaic. Permaculture & Organic Farming. Caledonian Forest of Scotland: Large Scale Landscape Restoration Focusing on Nature’s Requirements. Grasslands, Agriculture and Cattle: Maintaining Nature’s Rights. Wild Caught Foods, Especially Ocean Foods, and Rights of Nature. Creating and Enforcing Rights of Nature Around the World. Leadership and Respect for Life in Southeast Asia. International Trade Changes for Sustainability. Conclusion.