Lunar exploration has taken off in recent years as governments and private companies eye the moon as a resource to exploit for profit. A group of lawyers and space experts have published a Declaration of the Rights of the Moon to challenge the idea that the moon is a ‘dead world’ towards which we have no moral obligation – a view that ignores the cultural and natural significance of this ancient celestial body. The declaration taps into the growing Rights of Nature movement, which seeks to give rivers, mountains and forests legal protection from human exploitation. (See Defending Our Forests, ...


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