Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, writes for Intercontinental Cry on why, despite the repeated alarms and calls from various scientist about environmental degradation, intensive exploitation of the environment continues. Mari frames the limitations of current environmental laws, which regulate the use and exploitation of environment instead of actually protecting the Earth because under the law, nature is considered as property. To counter this, many communities are coming together to take action, from Ecuador to Wisconsin, from India to Pennsylvania.