Hjo river mouth by Lake Vättern.
Photo: Sinikka Halme, CC BY-SA 4.0

Water for all species. Rights of Nature as ecohabitat governance

Research project

Short description

The research project is centred around Lake Vättern. Today, toxins are spread in the lake from extensive aerial exercises, the military is bombing the lake and it is threatened by mining. This is possible despite regulations to protect the lake as a source of drinking water and a Natura 2000 area, in addition to being one of four areas of national interest according to the Environmental Code. The protection is seemingly only contributing to the regulation of continuous environmental destruction, underpinned by a worldview where human beings claim a limitless right to dominate, control and exploit nature. What happens if we instead acknowledge that the survival of humans is intimately connected to the rights of nature to survive?