According to Earthjustice:
the Rights of Nature section in the Ecuadorian constitution that recently became law does just that. In Ecuador today, an ecosystem:BTW, this is from the great Earthjustice blog, unEARTHED. Read it, or find yourself hopelessly left behind. Tweet
Has the "right to exist" and—perhaps more importantly—to "persist."
Has the right to "maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, and functions."
Has the right to "its processes in evolution."
And most importantly, any person, people, or community can take legal action to defend those rights without showing personal harm.
Rights of Nature provisions may finally provide balance in legal systems around the world that tend to view nature as only an economic resource for humans.