The Rights of Nature, The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth2010
Successfully addressing climate change and healing the damage which industrial civilizations have done to Earth will require more than new technologies and market mechanisms. It will require a fundamental transformation of our relationships with Nature. We are not the masters of Earth, entitled to dominate and exploit her “natural resources” for our own selfish ends, but privileged participants in a wondrous and sacred community of life. Bringing about this transformation and creating viable human communities that live harmoniously within the Earth community will require committed and concerted action. The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth calls upon each of us to embrace our kinship with all the beings of the Earth community and to recognise, respect and defend the rights of all. Now is the time to answer that call.
Quoted in The Rights of Nature, The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth, 2011, published by the Council of Canadians, Fundación Pachamama and Global Exchange, San Francisco, California.