Call for Rights of Nature in the Convention on Biodiversity

2020 is a pivotal year for biodiversity. The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will host the UN Biodiversity Conference in China, 15-28 Oct 2020, where a post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be adopted. It is extremely important to include Rights of Nature in this framework to live in harmony with Nature in the future.


You can help make this happen! By notifying people involved in the CBD process about the possibility to include Rights of Nature in the post-2020 framework and propose the UN adopts a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.


Ways you can do this:

  • Send this letter (here) to your country representatives! You will find them here. You can also send it to politicians and civil servants working with conservation policies in your country, as well as environmental organisations.

  • Sign the letter yourself and keep our signatures, or take them out. If you keep our signatures you have to send the letter in its original form – if you don´t, tweak it as you please.

  • Please register here to let us stay in touch with you regarding this initiative!

  • And please sign and share the petition widely, thank you!


Why is including Rights of Nature in the legal systems and a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth needed?


On average, we’ve seen an astonishing 60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians in just over 40 years, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2018. The top threats to species identified in the report link directly to human activities, including habitat loss and degradation and the excessive use of wildlife such as over-fishing and over-hunting.

The report presents a sobering picture of the impact human activity has on the world’s wildlife, forests, oceans, rivers, and climate. We’re facing a rapidly closing window for action and the urgent need for everyone—everyone—to collectively rethink and redefine how we value, protect, and restore nature.


In support of the UN in Harmony with Nature programme and the Sustainable Development Goals

© 2020 Rights of Mother Earth

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