CHAPTER 7

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Al Gore has explained that “it is important to change light bulbs, but it’s more important to change the law”

Freedom for the Environment

Freedom for the environment is life, not just our own lives, but the life of the planet Earth. As human rights are intertwined and interdependent, so too our lives are intertwined and interdependent with our environment. As former Vice President Al Gore has said, “The relationship we have to the natural world is not a relationship between ‘us’ and ‘it’. It is us and we are of it.”60 Given that three new species become extinct every hour, 61 largely from global warming and other environmental degradation ...

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