Rivers as Persons

It’s about fucking time:

For 140 years, the Māori Whanganui iwi (tribe) negotiated for the Whanganui River to be recognised as their ancestor. Last year, in a world first, the New Zealand Parliament finally agreed that the Whanganui is a ‘living entity.’ And just a week later, the Yamuna River and the Ganges were recognised by a high court in India as having legal rights, meaning the rivers have the same legal rights as any other human would have. In Colombia, in another revolutionary ruling, the Constitutional Court of Colombia decided that the Atrato River is a living being, a legal entity with personhood rights. The ruling says that the Atrato River, which had been heavily polluted by gold mining and left with mercury contamination, is now to be restored to health.

from The Amazing Legal Movement Giving Water a Voice

~ by Dver on April 5, 2018.

4 Responses to “Rivers as Persons”

  1. That’s the best news I’ve heard in well over a year. Thank you for posting it.

  2. Heartily seconded…sometimes we humans get it right. 🙂

  3. I posted this on Twitter, and one of my Hindu friends pointed this out: http://www.livelaw.in/first-india-uttarakhand-hc-declares-ganga-yamuna-rivers-living-legal-entities/

  4. I fear it won’t happen quickly in the U.S., but now I believe I could eventually happen.

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