Biodiversity Rights Project

Globally we are experiencing a biodiversity crisis. We are in the Sixth Mass Extinction event, all caused by man’s actions. We are losing 150 species per day according to scientists at the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.

How do we reverse this destructive trend?

The International Institute for Sustainable Development states, “Indigenous lands make up around 20% of the Earth’s territory, containing 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity – a sign Indigenous Peoples are the most effective stewards of the environment.”

For schools and community groups, I will present you with three strategies that will reverse this destructive trend. They are:

  1. Adopting Indigenous Knowledge to protect ecosystems;
  2. Studying their guardianship and stewardship practices in protecting ecosystems;
  3. Granting animals, plants, trees, and other species the right of legal personhood.

Examples where Indigenous groups are practicing these three strategies will be presented in the presentation.
For further info, please contact Gary R. Allan at