Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration”

MERCERSBURG, PA, USA: In November, in an extraordinary decision, Colombia’s Constitutional Court declared that the Atrato River basin possesses rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance, and restoration.”  The decision is only now being made public. The Court’s ruling comes in a case brought to address the significant degradation of the Atrato River basin from mining, impacting […]

Ho-Chunk Nation General Council Approves Rights of Nature Constitutional Amendment

MERCERSBURG, PA:  On Saturday, the General Council of the Ho-Chunk Nation voted overwhelmingly to amend their tribal constitution to enshrine the Rights of Nature.  The Ho-Chunk Nation is the first tribal nation in the United States to take this critical step.  A vote of the full membership will follow. The amendment establishes that “Ecosystems and […]

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