David Suzuki's Andean Adventure
Eleanor Geer Huddle and Richard Frederick Wheeler believed road work near their property in Ecuador violated the rights of nature. So, the U.S. couple decided to protect the river running through their land by going to court. It was the first case to successfully invoke Ecuador's special constitutional rights for nature. Their story is highlighted in the upcoming documentary David Suzuki's Andean Adventure. It airs on The Nature of Things next week.
The film looks at how two Latin American countries - Ecuador and Bolivia - may be leading the way in environment protection, despite sitting on lucrative natural resources. Ecuador is the first country in the world to grant constitutional rights to nature. And it's floating an even more audacious idea. It wants to leave a vast reserve of oil beneath the ground. And it hopes the international community will pay to keep it there.
David Suzuki joined us to talk about what he discovered on his trip to South America. He was in our Vancouver studio.
David Suzuki's Andean Adventure will air on The Nature of Things on CBC TV on Thursday January 10th at 8:00pm.
This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch.
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