Does Nature have Rights?
with Katie Surma of Inside Climate News
More than 50 years ago, Christopher Stone, a UCLA law professor, wrote a groundbreaking book Should Trees Have Standing? in which he argued for the right of trees to be represented in courts of law. Since then, the Rights of Nature movement has taken the world by storm; some countries have encoded such rights into their constitutions. But what does it mean to say that trees, rivers and animals have rights? Does the “rights of nature” make any practical sense? And who is pushing for such rights?
Join Sustainability Now! host Ronnie Lipschutz for a conversation with Katie Surma, a reporter at Inside Climate News. She has been covering the “rights of nature” beat at ICN since 2021 and has written extensively on the topic. Find out whether the trees and critters in your back yard and all around us are people, too.