Date & Time
Sunday, December 5, 2021, 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Flower Power - Why plants deserve rights too
Dr Alessandra Viola

Why do we name our pets and talk to them but we do not do the same with plants? This happens because we all share the same 'dysfunction': plant blindness.  
Most of us are deeply convinced that plants are an inferior life form, that they are 'less alive' than animals and less important for our lives. This is an ancient belief which scientific research has today contradicted. Plants are sensitive, social and intelligent beings.  
Who decided that men, women, children, animals deserve rights, while plants do not?  Some say that plants cannot have rights because they do not suffer, but is this really the case?  
Two countries have already introduced the "Rights of Nature" in their Constitutions and many are following. But 99% of nature as we know it is made up of plants, so why not extend the rights' concept to include plants?
Alessandra Viola has written the first 'Universal Declaration of Plant Rights', claiming we need to recognize plant rights to build a more equitable, fair, and beautiful world for all living beings.