By Christopher McAteer, Green European Journal
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A ground-breaking movement calls for the recognition of the inherent rights of nature and non-human species.
This vision seeks to displace human beings from the central, privileged place they have hitherto occupied to act on the world and shape it in their interests. Rather, humans are one element in a complex, tangled web of life, whose right to exist and thrive needs to be reconciled with those of the planet’s other inhabitants.
Time to Rethink Our Relationship With the Planet
To change our way of thinking, we need a new theoretical framework that somehow decentres humans and allows us to
act more responsibly. This is not to deny the obvious: that we are inescapably human and can ultimately only think and
act as humans.[