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Representatives from various environmental organizations pose in support for the Rights of Nature Bill. Photo by Kale Luaton

Development network pushes for ‘rights of nature’ law

A social development and advocacy network is aiming for a legislative path that will provide Mother Nature to have its own legal rights and to be recognize through a law.

Recognizing ‘Rights of Nature’ means that human activities and development must not interfere with the ability of ecosystems to absorb their effects, to regenerate their natural capacities, to thrive and evolve, and requires that those responsible, including corporate actors, be held fully accountable for negative impacts on Earth systems.

Rights of Nature law, is being push primarily by Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc., together with NASSA/Caritas Philippines, the development and advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

The group had presented their draft bill during a consultation meeting with other environmental groups on Jan. 25 in Quezon City.

Although the draft bill is still shaping, the group have said that there were positive responses from their previous consultations with other sectoral groups.

“This has been done by other countries, in Ecuador and Bolivia, so this is not a totally a distant concept but rather we see it as a chance that we could also emulate,” PMPI National Coordinator, Yolanda Esguerra said. (pr)

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