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Mother Nature Gets Her Day in Court

By Tim Wall

Ecuador and Bolivia granted legal rights to the environment within the past few years. But what are those rights and can they really be enforced?

“The rights of nature laws recognize the rights of ecosystems and natural communities to exist, to flourish, to regenerate, and to evolve,” Mari Margill, associate director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), told Discovery News. CELDF helped Ecuador write the rights of nature into legal reality.

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