The Nation of Plants

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From the moment of their arrival, about three hundred thousand years ago – nothing when compared to the history of life on our planet – humans have succeeded in changing the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. The causes of this reckless behaviour are in part inherent in their predatory nature, but they also depend on our total incomprehension of the rules that govern a community of living beings. In ‘The Nation of Plants’, the most important, widespread, and powerful nation on Earth finally gets to speak. This Universal Declaration of Rights of Living Beings establishes norms applicable to all living beings. Compared to our constitutions, which place humans at the centre of the entire juridical reality, in conformity with an anthropocentricism that reduces to things all that is not human, plants offer us a revolution.

ISBN: 9781788168601 Author: Mancuso, Stefano Publisher: Profile Books Publication Date: 1st July 2021 Imprint: Profile Books Cover: Hardback Dewey: 580.9 (edition:23) Pages: 144 Language: English Readership: College - higher education / Code: F Category: Subjects: , ,

As plants see it, humans are not the masters of the Earth but only one of its most unpleasant and irksome residents. They have been on the planet for only about 300,000 years ago (nothing compared to the three billon years of plant evolution), yet have changed the conditions of the planet so drastically as to make it a dangerous place for their own survival. It’s time for the plants to offer advice. In this playful, philosophical manifesto, Stefano Mancuso, expert on plant intelligence, presents a new constitution on which to build our future as beings respectful of the Earth and its inhabitants. These eight articles – the fundamental pillars on which plant life is based – must henceforth regulate all living beings.

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