Did you know in some North American and international communities, aspects of Mother Nature have been granted human rights? Take New Zealand, where "human rights" have been granted to three rivers.
According to Robin Milam from the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, these laws recognize natural communities as subjects with standing under the law.
But how do you violate a river’s human rights when it’s not human?
When you look a little closer at cases where these laws have been used, it seems more about protecting special interests than the rights of the environment.
Other beneficiaries include environmental groups like the Sierra Club, whose “causes” include rallying against Republicans and the oil and gas industry.
Under the guise of protecting the environment from effects of climate change, groups could potentially use the laws as roadblocks for oil and gas projects.
Crazy as it sounds, perhaps rules that would protect nature aren’t a bad thing if, for example, they protected it from someone like the Mayor of Montreal who dumped 8 billion litres of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River.
The Liberals gave that case of real pollution a pass despite claiming to be on the Green Team.
It would be great if these laws were used to combat real problems like this instead of being exploited by progressive activists.