A French-speaking network dedicated to the rights of nature – Liberation

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Animals or plants now have rights, with a European Court of Aquatic Ecosystems or the Declaration of the Rights of Trees. A French-speaking network was set up in 2021 to support all these initiatives and defend living things against activities that destroy them.

A space for debate to question the changes in the world, the trial of the century is held every Monday in the Mucem Auditorium in Marseille. “Release”, event partner, offers articles, interviews and forums on the topics covered. Theme for this Monday, March 21: “May we leave the earth in peace to save ourselves?” Iinformation on the museum’s website.
The text was originally published on January 24, 2021.

Faced with the emerging initiatives for the recognition of natural rights in France and Switzerland, local associations for the defense of nature and actors working on the dynamics are officially announcing the creation of a French-speaking network for the rights of nature. .

Everywhere, forest and aquatic ecosystems are threatened by human activities: pollution, deforestation, mining or oil extraction, overexploitation of land, resources or artificialization of land.

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Our observation is as follows: current environmental legislation does not make it possible to effectively protect or preserve natural ecosystems due to an unbalanced relationship between human activity and nature to the detriment of all species. Recognized rights to nature make it possible to create a paradigm shift and create a balance between the human-nature relationship. It is necessary to protect the ecosystems even before their destruction, because it is impossible to repair them. Humans can not replace nature. Nor can he continue to oppose the rest of the living.

The right to respect and renewal

Ecuador, New Zealand, Colombia, Australia and many other states have already taken the plunge. In these states, ecosystems, animals or plants win victories before the official courts, by being granted legal personality, for their inherent value, and for defending in particular their right to live and to exist, their right to respect and regeneration. The movement for the recognition of nature’s rights is growing around the world.

In France and Switzerland, the movement is also moving forward. On the banks of the Loire, the last natural river in Europe, a parliament was born, initiated in 2019 by Polau-pôle arts & urbanism, initiated in 2019 the process of a Loire parliament with the legal author Camille de Toledo to provide a voice to the river and its entire ecosystem. In April last year, following the massive pollution of the Schelde from a multinational, the Valentransition Association in turn supported the project of a river parliament. In 2019, a declaration on the rights of trees was presented to the National Assembly by the association ARBRES. Subsequently, a group of 310 children from 10 European countries, coordinated by journalist Elsa Grangier, prepared a European declaration on the rights of the planet sent to the European Commission. In September 2020, the Swiss association id · eau launched the “Appel du Rhône” in recognition of a legal entity for the river, from its glaciers to its delta.

From January to September 2021, the European Network of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will organize the first European Court of Aquatic Ecosystems. He is to judge five emblematic cases of ecocide in France and in Europe.

A sea of ​​ice that keeps receding; millions of tons of toxic red mud dumped in the heart of Calanques National Park and wiped out all aquatic life; the illegal use of mercury for gold mining in Guyana, which dramatically affects ecosystems and the people who depend on them; the waters of Lake Vättern, Sweden’s second largest lake, will soon be unsuitable for consumption by almost 250,000 inhabitants due to military activities and a mining project; and the safe disappearance of 11 fish species, as well as the risk of extinction of at least 38 others, targeted by the development of 2,500 hydropower dams in the Balkan rivers.

Defend the living in court

The rights of nature are an essential tool for defending the living before justice, so that it is no longer perceived as a passive, inert environment, at the mercy of excesses. Legal personality has already been granted to companies and other legal persons, while nature, which lives and sustains us, is still deprived of its rights. Water flows through our air, our earth, fills our cells and in this sense reflects the general health of living things. Without water there is no life. The forests are the lungs of the Earth, the rivers are its veins, it is urgent to recognize their rights!

With the signatories of this forum, we are today creating the francophone network for the rights of nature. Its aim: to accompany everywhere in French-speaking countries in Europe, defenders of nature’s rights to fight against the activities that destroy it.

In 2021, because the protection of the living is to protect ourselves, because our voice together is more powerful, let us confirm the urgency of recognizing the rights of nature!

Signatories: Association ARBRES, Georges Feterman, Elsa Grangier, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, id · eau, Appel du Rhône, Nature Rights, Our care to all, Polau-pôle arts & urbanisme, Valérie Cabanes, Marie Toussaint, Marine Calmet, Wild Legal, Valentrensition, Scheldeparlementet.

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