One of our core inspirations and tools in seeking to protect and represent the natural world is the idea of Rights of Nature.
‘Rights of Nature’ proposes that nature – in general and/or particular ecosystems and species – should have legal rights and the ability to act (via human representatives) in the legal system. This is based in an ecocentric way of thinking which recognises that human beings live as just one interconnected part of a huge ecological world and that the non-human natural world has inherent value. Further, human health and wellbeing is intertwined with the wellbeing of the rest of nature.
Rights of Nature in Our Work
The idea underpins much of what we do. It forms our basic orientation with regards to nature and is part of understanding our place in the world. We conduct research on topics relating to the Rights of Nature and are involved in advocacy to further the realisation of Rights of Nature in the UK. We offer support to groups, organisations and campaigns looking to defend and realise the Rights of Nature. Our work on Nature-Positive Corporate Governance is about encouraging businesses to internalise a Rights of Nature approach in their organisation.
We develop expert knowledge on Rights of Nature and provide accessible resources for campaigners, such as in this report:
We present workshops and give talks:
We support campaigners who are working to protect nature:
We have submitted to consultations where there are opportunities for Rights of Nature to be developed:
Our work on Nature-Positive Corporate Governance is about internalising a Rights of Nature approach as part of an organisation's practice:
LFN Co-Founder Paul Powlesland is involved in campaigning and restoration work with his local river: