The Colombian Amazon is now legally a person thanks to a group of Columbian youth.
The Colombian Supreme Court has made Colombia the first country in South America to recognise the personhood rights of the Amazon Rainforest.
Twenty-five young people, aged between 6 and 26, filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government for its response to climate change and the deforestation of the Amazon, which contributes to the global crisis.
The young activists won their case in January, and last week the Colombian Supreme Court ruled that the Colombian government must create a plan to combat deforestation in the Amazon, as well as climate change impacts in the country overall.
The landmark ruling makes Colombia the first country in South America to designate a portion of the Amazon a “person.”
By granting the Amazon person status legally, gives it fundamental rights to keep human beings from abusing it. This gives nature’s guardians the ability to sue on its behalf if others are mistreating it through pollution or deforestation.
One of the young plaintiffs, Camila Bustos, said: “The fact that the Amazon was made a subject of rights? This is so huge. It’s beautiful that the court decided on that.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea