Talk of the Week: Mari Margil on the rights of nature

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      People have rights, and these are called human rights. How about trees, wildlife, rivers, and mountains? Does nature and its elements have the right to survive and thrive just like us?

      In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to enshrine the rights of nature in its national constitution.

      The movement to recognize the rights of nature is growing. That was reflected in UBC scholar David Boyd's book on this topic, fittingly entitled The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World, which examined legal and constitutional measures adopted in various countries.

      One of the leading advocates will talk about this cause at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law (1822 East Mall) on Wednesday (March 18).

      Mari Margil, executive director of the Washington-based Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights, begins her presentation at 5:30 p.m.

      Below, you can see a video outlining some of her central points.

      Watch this short video on the rights of nature.