Sustainability and the Rights of Nature: An Introduction is a much-needed guide that addresses the exciting and significant paradigm shift to the Rights of Nature, as it is occurring both in the United States and internationally in the fields of environmental law and environmental sustainability. This shift advocates building a relationship of integrity and reciprocity with the planet by placing Nature in the forefront of our rights-based legal systems. The authors discuss means of achieving this by laying out Nature’s Laws of Reciprocity and providing a roadmap of the strategies and directions needed to create a Rights of Nature-oriented legal system that will shape and maintain human activities in an environmentally sustainable manner. This work is enriched with an array of unique and relevant points of reference such as the feudal notions of obligation, principles of traditional indigenous cultivation, the Pope Francis Encyclical on the environment, and the new Rights of Nature-based legal systems of Ecuador and Bolivia that can serve as prototypes for the United States and other countries around the world to help ensure a future of environmental sustainability for all living systems.

section I|2 pages

Nature’s Laws of Reciprocity

section II|2 pages

Building Blocks for a Rights of Nature System

chapter 5|8 pages

Precursors to Rights of Nature

chapter 7|20 pages

Rights of Nature Concepts and Issues

section III|2 pages

Stumbling Blocks to a Rights of Nature System

chapter 8|30 pages

The Problem of Technology

chapter 9|20 pages

Corporations and the Rights of Nature

section IV|2 pages

Rights of Nature for Land, Water, and Air

chapter 10|66 pages


chapter 11|24 pages


chapter 12|20 pages

Air and Climate

section V|2 pages

Rights of Nature in Practice

chapter 13|24 pages

Food Supply

chapter 14|18 pages

Sources of Energy

chapter 15|30 pages

Mining and Drilling

chapter 16|22 pages

International Trade: Moving Goods and People