Ecuador

Sand Origin

Las Tunas, Manabi

Random Sand Fact

Ecuador is the first country ever to include Rights for Nature in its constitution. Its constitution states that nature, in all its life forms, has the right to exist, thrive, and undergo natural cycles of regeneration.

As a part of nature, sand has its own rights.

Nature and ecosystems can be one part of a court of law. This means, for example, that sand mining can be prosecuted, and the sand a lawyer can represent it. Previous legislation around the world assumes that someone owns nature and can use it more or less freely.

In 2011, for the first time, a court recognized a river’s rights after it was violated due to road construction. A landmark ruling and the world’s first legal victory in support of the Rights of Nature. 

That, my friend, is called drawing a line in the sand!

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