Relationship: The Basis for Rights of Nature

Authored by: Cameron La Follette? , Chris Maser

Sustainability and the Rights of Nature

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  June  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498788441
eBook ISBN: 9781315155999
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315155999-5

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Abstract

Nature’s primary Law of Reciprocity—the underlying basis and foundation for all other laws—is relationship. It is also the foundation of any Rights of Nature legal system, which is designed to expand the law of relationship beyond human beings. It is easy to announce this, but much more difficult to grasp in practice, because relationships can be, and usually are, complex, intricate, and even disguised. They are, by definition, reciprocal in that every relationship is an amalgam of all the relationships that comprise Nature, such as those between and among the physical elements and the biological components (= biophysical) that comprise all life. But relationships can be of many kinds—some emphasizing giving and caring, others self-centered taking.

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