Protecting the ‘Other’: Ecological Citizenship Under Ecuador’s Constitution

By Christine Dellert.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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By a wide margin, the people of Ecuador approved a constitution in 2008 that is the first in the world to give legally enforceable rights to nature. This measure is extraordinary not only in its rejection of past anthropocentric attempts to safeguard the “other” through constitutional action but also in its implications for further conceptualization of ecological citizenship. This article argues against previous theorizing of citizenship as human-bound and draws attention to the work of scholars engaged in incorporating the natural world into citizenship studies. The author proposes a revised conception of citizenship that addresses the rights and inclusion of the non-human community.

Keywords: Ecological Citizenship, Ecuador, Constitutional Rights, Nature, Non-Human, Indigenous

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.117-128. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 614.585KB).

Christine Dellert

Graduate Student, Environmental Politics, Political Science Department, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

Christine Dellert is a graduate student in Environmental Politics at the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include green political theory and sustainable agricultural practices and policies. Dellert received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Journalism and has worked as a newspaper reporter at several publications across the United States.


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