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"Rights of Nature" Proposed for Florida Constitution

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Will nature--and Florida's waterways--have legally enforceable rights?

Florida environmental leaders have started gathering signatures to qualify a state constitutional amendment that would recognize legal rights of waterways in the state.

The amendment will recognize as legally enforceable the rights of all waterways across Florida to “exist, flow, be free from pollution , and maintain a healthy ecosystem.” The amendment also provides that any Floridian or Florida organization is allowed to file a legal action on behalf of those waterways. It will also recognize that every Floridian has a legal right to clean water. Nearly 900,000 signatures over the next eight months will need to be collected in order to qualify the amendment for the ballot.

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