Nature and society have been perceived and have progressed as a dualism for centuries. The result of this divide has led to nature experiencing inequality on a global scale, with this being most prevalent where the greatest concentrations of humans occur – cities. This paper explores the manifestations of nature’s durable inequality within the urban, drawing on literature and relevant examples to dissect the concept further. Once established, a proposal is put forward which suggests a method of addressing this inequality through providing citizenship – in a substantive and legal sense – to nature. It is hypothesized that this would create necessary protections by attributing inherent value to nature, bringing equal status to both nature and society. This will allow the dualism to be addressed in a more equitable way for both parties.
How to Cite:
Patel, K.H., 2020. Nature Needs Citizenship. The Public Sphere: Journal of Public Policy, 8(1).