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In New Zealand, the Whanganui River Becomes a Legal Person


Environment  (tags: environmental law, law, ecosystems, environment, world, protection, nature, humans, politics, wildlife, conservation, habitat, oceans )

Cal
- 679 days ago - takepart.com
If corporations are people now, why can't rivers be? A growing movement seeks to grant personhood rights to the natural world.



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NICKY MELVILLE (115)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 2:46 am
Fascintating concept! Thanks Cal... I wonder if this will spark off many other similiar rights for the natural world?? Noted.
 

John S. (297)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 3:20 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Teresa W. (661)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 4:05 am
great news
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 4:24 am
"The Whanganui, the third longest river in New Zealand, will be recognized as a person under the law “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests,” Christopher Finlayson, a spokesperson for the Minister of Treaty Negotiations, told the New Zealand Herald.

Organizations that work to protect the rights of indigenous communities worldwide are celebrating the agreement as an affirmation of the inextricable relationship between indigenous communities and natural ecosystems."
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:47 am
Thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 12:45 pm
How wonderful. This justifies the belief systems of so many ancients who believed in the personification of nature. We need to hear the ancient voices and finally take care of our world as we always should have. .
 

Dave C. (213)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 2:57 pm
noted, better than a corporation having personhood.
 

Justin M. (2)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 6:07 pm
Noted
 

Rock H. (254)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 7:08 pm
Very interesting Cal. I wasn't aware that this was being tried. Great news - thanks for sharing.
 

Kenneth L. (314)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 8:18 pm
This will be happening more and more.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 9:08 pm
Sorry Cal, I noted, but apparently my comment wasn't allowed through with C2. Earth should be qualified as a Person. The first Person of our lives with infusions from this universe.I'm so glad "person-hood" has finally been designated by some of her children (humans) to her other children(the remainder of this world).
 

Past Member (0)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:58 am
Noted.
 

Joy Wong (74)
Friday September 21, 2012, 4:07 am
Noted, thanks.
 
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