Ecuador’s environment will be given inalienable rights if residents of that country vote yes Sept. 28 on a referendum to overhaul the constitution. One of the draft document’s 444 articles gives nature the right to “exist, persist, maintain, and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions, and its processes in evolution.” The controversial constitution, which would greatly extend the power of leftist President Rafael Correa, would also give the state more control over Ecuador’s mining and oil industries.
Get Grist in Your Inbox
Amory Lovins’ high-tech home skimps on energy but not on comfort
This little fox loves transit. Should we tell him he just missed his stop?
Plants are poison — and that just may be why they keep us healthy
Millions alive today would have to die before the paleo diet could take over
Meet the Andy Griffith who’s going after fracking polluters