The Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth
We propose adopting the “Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth” that was issued at the Peoples Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia in 2010, which was organized by the government of Bolivia and took place after the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009.
We are also asking world leaders to acknowledge nature as a living being, honoring her as the source of all life on Earth, and all nations to include nature in their domestic legal systems as a rights-bearing entity.
As one of the key documents of the UN, this declaration would provide the global commitment and spur the paradigm shift needed from a human-centered world view, treating Earth as a resource to be exploited, to an Earth-centered approach, prioritizing the well-being of nature and recognizing the interconnections between nature and humans. Failing to do so will leave the Earth uninhabitable and render the Human Rights Declaration moot.