The Rights of Nature is a compelling call to action. It inspires us to not only examine our individual ecological footprints, but also to consider the choices of our lawmakers and governments. And that, too, is up to us. Because we are responsible for who we elect, who we engage with, what sort of sustainable legislation we request. It is entirely possible - as David Boyd's book succinctly illustrates - that the future of the natural world depends on the choices we're making right now. The time has come to stop jabbering about what our governments and communities are doing wrong and, instead, connect with them to create a healthier world for all species. Want to know how? Reading The Rights of Nature is a great start.
Whether you agree that animals, rivers and other forms of nature besides humans should have legal rights, or not, this revolution has happened and is happening. And author David Boyd has made his subject matter easily accessible to those outside the legal profession. Without such a book, many of us would remain ignorant of the profound changes taking place vis a vis the rights of nature, changes that will affect all of us. Anyone with a sense of connection to the natural world will probably be profoundly moved by this book, and for those who still think humans have the right to dominion over all nature, the facts Boyd imparts may come as a shocking wake up call.