If we are all part of a single interdependent system, why should only humans have rights, and nature be treated simply as the object of human interests? In order to ensure respect for human rights in the twenty-first century, we must recognize that our Mother Earth has rights, too. Only by recognizing and defending the Rights of the Mother Earth can we restore balance on the planet. As long as humans treat Mother Earth as a slave with no rights, it will be impossible to recover our humanity.

What are the Rights of the Mother Earth? What can we do to promote and defend them at national, regional and international levels?

The challenge of this working group is to reflect on these questions and to and collectively construct a project for a Universal Declaration Mother Earth Rights.