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Tacoma Public Library Swasey Branch

7001 6th Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98406

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Despite decades of environmental legislation, Earth’s health continues to decline.

In most countries, Nature is treated and valued as property and a resource. This means that environmental laws permit the extraction of natural resources for the benefit of people and corporations. Nature herself is not protected. Even when environmental issues are brought to court, people must prove that the environmental damage violates their own rights since the environment has no rights, or standing, of its own.

Rights of Nature is emerging as a solution to our environmental crisis worldwide. Over 20 countries and over two dozen municipalities in the United States have now passed laws that recognizes the inherent Rights of Nature. Local communities, advocates, indigenous peoples, judges and governments are all employing the Rights of Nature framework. This includes the city of Santa Monica who passed their Sustainability Rights Ordinance in 2014. This ordinance recognized that Nature and natural ecosystems have rights to exist and flourish, the community has a right to a sustainable and healthy environment, and the community has the right to self-governance.

Please join us for an informative workshop where we will offer a training and “how to” on advocating, drafting, and passing Rights of Nature laws in your community. The workshop will include how to inform others on Rights of Nature, lessons learned from previous initiatives, and steps towards introducing and passing a new ordinance or resolution in your community.

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