History will remember December 1, 2021, as the day that nature won. On that date, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador, the highest court in the nation, chose to uphold the landmark Rights of Nature provisions in Ecuador’s constitution, safeguarding the Los Cedros forest from the threat of mining. Mining within the protective forest was prohibited outright, and the environmental and water permits of the companies involved were nullified; strict provisions for ecological and community management in the forest were mandated as well as guidelines and requirements to respect and implement the right to environmental consultation that all Ecuadorians have. The ruling was unprecedented: no other court anywhere in the world had ever gone so far to recognize the rights of non-human organisms. The effects of this decision will be felt both in Ecuador and around the world for years to come.