living land as law.
A powerful global movement has begun.
New Zealand. Bolivia. India. Nepal. And even the United States. Across the globe, often guided by the belief systems and worldviews of many indigenous peoples, the natural world is winning a legal voice. By protecting rivers, mountains, and forests in law with "all of the rights, powers, duties, and liabilities of a legal person", legal accountability is shaping the way our natural world is being treated. This concept legally aims to neutralize an otherwise politically fraught debate over land as property, and requires visitors to shift the way they spend time in a place; in essence, to care for the land and its wildlife by treating it with the same respect you would another being. And this concept is not so far-fetched: in Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand, the concept of a "legal person" is used ubiquitously and enables municipalities, corporations, and even ships to have legal rights. So why not our natural world?
Living Land as Law is a journey across the far reaches of the globe in places that are implementing this new legal framework. For these pioneers, there is no one single road-map. But the exodus has begun.