Kieper Creek Wisconsin State Natural Area #477 Florence County Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

In a move that would the first of its kind, Sweden seeks to enshrine the rights of nature to ensure that the natural world would be protected from exploitation and abuse by endowing them with legal status previously reserved only for humans and select animals.

“Economic growth has been the real goal, not a healthy environment. I’m tired of this era, where our arrogant worldview has driven us far beyond the planetary boundaries.”

The proposed amendment to Sweden’s Instrument of Government, the nation’s constitutional document, would secure the Rights of Nature to “existera, blomstra, regenerera och utvecklas“—which translates as “exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve”—in order to provide the people and government of Sweden the ability to defend and enforce these rights on behalf of Nature.

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