Patricia Siemen is a Dominican Sister from Adrian, Michigan and a civil attorney licensed in the states of Florida and Michigan. She argues that just as human rights are protected by legal systems, the rights of the rest of creation must be protected by Earth jurisprudence. She also explains that human rights cannot cancel out the rights of other beings. Siemen proposes to grant basic rights for all Earth’s systems and creatures such as the right to exist, to habitat and to flourish. Photo credit: TEDxJacksonville