The term “Pact” in the book “Plants and Their Rights – A Pact to Preserve Our Nature” means self-discipline. The original Italian title translates to “Nation of Plants”, which better reflects the content. Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso considers plants “as if they were part of a nation, that is, a community of individuals with common origin, history, the same organizations and goals”, without which no other living being on Earth could survive.
Plants are the first inhabitants of our planet
Humans formed the planet, but they migrated only after plants. The early inhabitants represent the core of life, “on whom everything important for survival depends,” but almost nothing is known about them. Even at the beginning of the article, such an exaggeration astonishes the specialist who should be aware of the range of reliable knowledge contained in textbooks and handbooks of botany, from molecular genetics to plant sociology.
In what follows, Mancuso derives eight rules as the “constitution” of the plant state in order to enable us to survive thanks to their observance. He describes this game as a mind game, but it will remove people from the center of the universe in order to integrate into the community of surrounding organisms in the way “as suggested to me by the plants themselves, my companions who have become dear for decades”.
The rules of the Plant Nation are summarized as follows: Power belongs to all living things; ensuring the inalienable rights of societies as well as the universal rights of present and future living beings; Animal hierarchies are not tolerated; Access to clean water, clean soil and clean air is guaranteed; The consumption of non-renewable resources is prohibited; In addition, every living creature is allowed to move without restrictions, as there are no limits.