Should Nature Have the Same Rights as Humans?

Earlier this year, the New Zealand government bestowed the legal standing of personhood on theĀ Whanganui River, granting it all of the same rights as a person in legal matters. This isn't the first time that a country has done something like this: in 2008, Ecuador voted to give its rivers, forests, islands and even its air "similar legal rights to those normally granted to humans", agreeing that "Natural communities and ecosystems possess the unalienable right to exist, flourish and evolve … [Read more...]