Rights for Nature
20 Iconoclastic Theses

by Larry Lohmann

first published 19 August 2012

Rather than exoticizing increasingly popular notions of the "rights of nature", or of pachamama, translating them into the terms of a nature/human dichotomy, or domesticating them by confining them to legal practice, it may be more conducive to movement-building to attempt (through trial and error) to understand them in their own (current and various) terms, relate them to their history, and, perhaps most of all, dialectically to connect the Andean, Amazonian or indigenous struggles of which they are most famously a part with much wider political, geographical, historical and nonindigenous contexts.