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NYC Climate Week 2023
September 2023

Nature is a Subject of Rights


I have been working with the Yasuni National Park, a work in doing research and then working with all the initiatives of the Yasuni initiative to leave fossil fuels in the ground. And when that was taken away from us, I became a Yasunida and we collected the signatures as part of that amazing process that took ten years to finally, share that news again, because I feel that now is we’re towards the end of Climate Week, and we want to really leave with a feeling that is something is happening. And what I want to bring today is a message of hope and message that we’re doing it. That is happening really. And a month ago in August 20th in Ecuador, as you all know, we were able to, with 59% of the population, vote in favor of leaving fossil fuels in the ground, in the ITT-block. And that’s amazing to us. That same day, we actually were able to leave it to prohibit mining in my city in Quito, a forest mining in full-scale metal mining. And that’s because and I can say that with a lot of confidence, we have had 15 years of recognizing that nature is a subject of rights.

The recent milestone in Yasuní National Park, Ecuador, on August 20th, saw 59% of the population voting to leave fossil fuels in the ground, specifically in the ITT block. This significant achievement aligns with the broader success of prohibiting mining, including forest and full-scale metal mining in Quito, underscoring a 15-year journey in recognizing nature as a subject of rights.

Natalia Greene
Global Coordinator
Natalia is part of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal’s Secretariat. Natalia is a consultant for Rights of Nature with Pachamama Alliance and is the focal point in Ecuador for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. She graduated in Hampshire College, holds a Political Science master’s degree from FLACSO Ecuador and a master’s […]
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