Earth Law Center is building an international grassroots movement from the ground up, one that speaks to the responsibility humans have to the world around us. We believe that the ecosystems that make up our world have rights just like people do. We work with local communities around the world to help them defend the rights of Nature and to protect their environment from threats.

Our approach is unique because we seek legal rights for ecosystems and species, like those given to people and corporations. Both people and corporations rely on Nature to provide the air, food, water and natural resources to sustain us, so it’s our responsibility to respect and protect the rights of Nature.

Empowering Nature empowers communities: when people see themselves protecting their local environment then the stakes are raised, transforming the relationships between people and Nature.