Western views and the legal system tend to view nature as property, and as a resource from which wealth is extracted, a commodity whose only value is to provide for human needs. But for millennia indigenous communities have viewed themselves as part of nature.
As pressures on ecosystems mount and as conventional laws seem increasingly inadequate to address environmental degradation, communities, cities, regions and countries around the world are turning to a new legal strategy known as The Rights of Nature.
This film takes viewers on a journey that explores the more recent origins of this legal concept, and its application and implementation in Ecuador, New Zealand, and the United States. Learn how constitutional reforms adopted in Ecuador have helped recognize nature as a legal entity, and how partnerships between the Māori and the government of New Zealand have led to personhood status for rivers, lakes and forests, and a renewed sense of balance between people and nature. See how the Rights of Nature function in the urban setting of Santa Monica.
The film explores the successes and challenges inherent in creating new legal structures that have the potential to maintain and restore ecosystems while achieving a balance between humans and nature.
Please join Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard on Sunday, July 28th @ 5:30pm at The Dane, 8000 – 15th Ave NW, for a screening of The Rights of Nature. We invite you to stay after the film for a presentation and discussion led by Neal Anderson of 350 Seattle. “The way we ultimately win is by getting more people into action,” Neal says. So he speaks to small groups, educating them about, among other things, the profound hazards of liquid natural gas, the so-called “transition fuel.” Slowly invading his more than full-time volunteerism, he confesses, is a yearning to get back to photography. “I love being out in the wild, it reminds me why I do all of this.”
Meaningful Movies : Sustainable Ballard Screenings are free, but we gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of acquiring the films we screen. Suggestion: $5.