The effects of climate change are immense ­— ranging from desertification and deforestation, to a global increase in extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, and ocean acidification. The most recent IPCC report reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences associated with a global temperature rise of 1.5ºC. Alarmingly, it highlights that the world is currently on track for a temperature rise of 3ºC. Litigation is increasingly used as a tool to address climate change. A new development in domestic environmental law is for States to recognize Rights of Nature. This article introduces the concept of Rights of Nature towards opening a discussion as to how this concept might be used in climate change litigation.

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