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When nature is given its own rights

A wildfire in Bolivia, 2019 | JUAN KARITA/AP/KEYSTONE

Various South American nations, based on the philosophy of indigenous peoples, have accorded nature its own rights. But how useful is that? In the Amazon region, the fires have galvanised public opinion and have shown how significant it would be if there were more effective protection for the most important ecosystem on Earth. A new approach to this is to recognize the rights of nature, which have in fact already been codified by various countries in the region.

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