Strategies for Building a More Sustainable Future

Authored by Craig M. Kauffman and Pamela L. Martin

Kauffman and Martin tell how community activists, lawyers, judges, scientists, government leaders, and ordinary citizens have formed a global movement to advance Rights of Nature as a solution to the environmental crises facing the planet. They compare successful and failed attempts to implement Rights of Nature at various levels of government in six countries—Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, India, New Zealand, and the United States—asking why these laws emerged and proliferated in the mid-2000s, why they construct Rights of Nature differently, and why some efforts at implementation are more successful than others. As they analyze efforts to use Rights of Nature as a tool for constructing more ecocentric sustainable development, capable of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development goal of living “in harmony with Nature,” Kauffman and Martin show how Rights of Nature jurisprudence evolves through experimentation and reshapes the debates surrounding sustainable development.

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