Ireland wants to give nature the same rights and protections as people.
Ireland's citizens' assembly called on the government to hold a referendum on protecting biodiversity.
If successful, this would protect nature and biodiversity in the Irish constitution, just as human rights are protected.
What is a citizens' assembly?
A citizens’ assembly brings together various people from the public to discuss and debate extremely important, and often polarizing, topics.
Similar to a jury, members of the citizens' assembly are selected to reflect the broader population, so there is a mix of people in terms of gender, age, race, disability, occupation and where they live.
Protecting nature and biodiversity is a key step in fighting climate change because trees, kelp and other plants play a vital role in removing CO2 from the air.
If passed, this would be a big #WinForThePlanet 🙌🏼