Push to give our natural world the legal right to thrive

by Mornington Peninsula Magazine

When recently elected Deputy Mayor Debra Mar was a Mornington Peninsula Shire councillor, she noticed a rising anxiety in people as she listened to her community, particularly around the impact of development and fragmentation of native bushland on private property and wildlife corridors.

“I started thinking, ‘What can I do about this?’,” Cr Mar says. “I had been working with Dr Michelle Maloney for over a year and had the idea to suggest applying the Rights of Nature principles to council plans, policies, and strategies.”

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