ESSAY: How Can the Trees Stand Us Any Longer?

 Yasuní National Park. In 2008, the people of Ecuador amended their constitution to recognise the inherent rights of nature.

What do we want from nature, and what does it want from us – rights, citizenship, legal standing, as humans demand for themselves? The legal protection of nature was pioneered in the 1970s, but nobody managed to ask the trees if they were satisfied with the results.

"We make a fundamental difference between objects that we assume have feelings and ones that we believe lack them."

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