Rights of Nature
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Rights of Nature is a legal movement focused on enshrining specific rights for non-human entities. This builds on the concept that corporations (which are entities made of human) have distinct rights. Under a rights of nature scenario, humans may assume guardianship and sue to protect the rights of nature.
- The Earth Law Center as started an initiative to call for a state law recognizing rights of orca to certain conditions that support their communities. It is proposed then that private entities could then pursue legal action to contest violations of those rights on behalf of the Southern Resident Killer Whale
- Community Rights of San Juan Islands are exploring rights of nature issues.
- Protect Lane County Watersheds is pursuing a rights of nature approach in the Upper Willamette Watershed.