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Our statements


​Artist Koen Vanmechelen, ecologist Ignace Schops and human rights expert Manfred Nowak

lead the movement. They are joined by a growing group of committed people and companies from around the world.


Koen Vanmechelen, artist Cosmopolitan Chicken Project


“COVID-19 abruptly made us into chickens that have to be isolated. We all became possible reservoir hosts for the pathogen. In order to regain our freedom, we need to relearn the language of Nature, to find our balance. We need to serve life. We need to conceive open physical and mental spaces to create a more vital and healthy world. A volta is truly possible. We have the ability to reimagine our world and reconnect us all towards a new temporary normal. Art, Nature, and Human Rights - wonder, reality and necessity - should join forces to make that possible.”

Ignace Schops Ashoka fellow & President EUROPARC Federation


“The current crisis calls into question the system itself. Nature has the solution. Healthy natural ecosystems are self-regulating systems full of life and provide us with the air we breathe, the water we drink, the space we need. We urgently need to rediscover the unique position of Nature's design as the existential and sustainable basis for our society. We cannot keep on destroying what keeps us alive. We need to understand our position as a species in the great All.

Nature is a Human Right.”

Manfred Nowak, Secretary General Global Campus Human Rights


“After this crisis, there can be no return to "business as usual." We should slow down the global neoliberal economy to protect our rights to life and health. We must protect Nature to maintain the diversity of species, and to save our planet. We need to protect the rights to health and dignified life for our children and future generation. We must defend the same rights of other species, and those of Nature, and Mother Earth. The time has come for a sharp turnaround, and it is high time to focus on the well-being of the other(s).”

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