Rights of the Salish Sea

Community Rights San Juan Islands

is a Washington State non-profit working to advance
the Rights of the Salish Sea

The Salish Sea is a unique bioregion, with mountains, forests, rivers, wetlands, islands, shorelines, the sea, and all the living beings within. All are threatened by development, climate change, pollution, habitat and species loss, and more.

We are Community Rights San Juan Islands (CRSJI) and we are working to recognize in law the Rights of the Salish Sea: the right of the Salish Sea to exist, thrive, and regenerate vital lifecycles. Rights of Nature is a legal framework to bridge ancient recognition of our human place in the web of life and our modern legal system, to shift our view of nature as property, to one that recognizes and respects nature as rights bearing.

Salish Sea Dance, 2018


CRSJI regularly holds and attends events to educate ourselves and the community about Rights of Nature. Discover upcoming events of interest here.

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What We're Doing

CRSJI works to incorporate Rights of Nature language and thinking in our community and beyond through research and advocacy. Learn more about our work here.

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The Rights of Nature Movement

The Rights of Nature movement is a global movement to advocate for the rights of nature, from the United States to Ecuador, and New Zealand to Bangladesh. Learn more here.