October 07, 2017

Granting “human rights” to rivers: “Wacky” laws protect special interests, not environment

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2017-10-14 23:52:07 -0400
Funny you alt-right are okay with granting multi-billion dollar corporations human rights, including the right to sue CANADA for not making a profit. Yet when we want to protect our fresh water ways, our drinking water you all bitch and moan. You’re idiots. Ezra Levant is an idiot. When you don’t have any more drinking water left, because we’ve completely melted our glaciers, and you’re stuck collecting and boiling rain water, don’t come crying to the people who tried to warn you.
commented 2017-10-09 23:16:44 -0400
There’s a common thread in this story to many others, and that’s that Lefty’s think you can simply “make up” human rights. Rights are something one is born with, as per John Locke’s Two Treatise, not something the government has the power to grant to you, (or a river). And gov authority to grant rights, would also mean they have the authority to take them away, at which point it’s not longer a “right”, but a Government Grant.
commented 2017-10-09 19:45:08 -0400
On the other hand LLOYD NOLAN… Then if a river in New Zealand floods a house the owner could “sue” the river for damages?… Suing for damages being “a human right”?… Obviously the eco nutbars who pushed this forward didn’t have their collective elevators “going to the top floor”…
commented 2017-10-09 17:56:31 -0400
Just thinking of damming a river could be worthy of capital punishment in a few years
commented 2017-10-08 19:38:07 -0400
There is only one precedent where natural objects are given human attributes – but you have to go back to stone age pagan superstitious religions to find it – no doubt the fringe of the Earth cult have many similarities with neolithic pagan belief systems.
commented 2017-10-08 16:17:11 -0400
Don Cloud you mean they should be like the other media that is dying and needs tax bailouts? LMAO!
commented 2017-10-08 16:16:10 -0400
Don Cloud yeah they should be more like the fanatics stalking Rob Ford and occupying his driveway , that was some REAL CREDIBLE JOURNALISM. Now show me the CBC report on the attack of the Jewish family in Calgary. And go help the CREDIBLE media cover for that pedophile scum Levin , he just got out.
commented 2017-10-08 14:36:03 -0400
When all your media is budding YouTube stars and no one remotely well known … you have no credibility …. kinda of like the good ole days at SNN …. you need to amplify your trump playbook and you may go places ….
commented 2017-10-08 13:07:43 -0400
You can file this under ‘bizarre’ if you want to Holly, I’ll be filing it under, ‘liberalism is a mental disorder’, with all the rest of the left’s behavior lately…
commented 2017-10-08 13:02:32 -0400
JODI ROSLUK commented 16 hours ago
A very sad day in the history of humanity when a river is granted more human rights than a human baby in the womb. How ironic/idiotic that a river is considered “human” and a human developing in the womb isn’t.
commented 2017-10-08 11:58:50 -0400
New Zealand PM, another UN controlled idiot. No different than Justin, who drools over Saudi Gold.
commented 2017-10-08 04:15:12 -0400
Many rivers around the world have been “beloved” of their populations over the centuries, and even “sacred”, like the Ganges… But I have never before heard of any culture, except evidently the eco nutbars in New Zealand,giving them “human rights”… (Bu I do wonder if “Mother Ganges” appreciates all those body parts being flushed downstream year after year after year?)…
commented 2017-10-08 02:43:13 -0400
Truth really is stranger than fiction, these idiots think up stupider ideas than any comedy writer ever could.
commented 2017-10-08 02:38:29 -0400
Peter Netterville maybe the St. Lawrence was identifying as a Sewer at the time , so it actually wanted that dump. Who are you to assume its identity?
commented 2017-10-08 01:36:51 -0400
Eco-fascists will exploit any loophole; the government should close them!
commented 2017-10-08 00:25:50 -0400
Be careful what ideas’ you may give our Whacked out Nut Ball of a Prime Minister, if he here’s this he’ll think that is a great idea and we’ll all be forced to move from our property when a mud puddle appears in our yard!

That idiot I believe has bought this whole fraud UN Climate Fraud Gambit as, he is too numb to realize the difference between Reality and the BS his upper hierarchy Globalists’ have been telling the Junior Puppet!
commented 2017-10-07 21:22:26 -0400
William Elder; I’ve had to deal with the same type at our lake. You can trigger a nervous breakdown by pissing in the riparian zone.
commented 2017-10-07 20:48:40 -0400
A very sad day in the history of humanity when a river is granted more human rights than a human baby in the womb. How ironic/idiotic that a river is considered “human” and a human developing in the womb isn’t.
commented 2017-10-07 20:08:29 -0400
I hate the Fraser River cuz it’s brown. I don’t like brown rivers. They’re ugly, stinky, and they just don’t belong.
Oops. Did I just commit hate speech against the Fraser’s human rights.
Will I be charged under M103?
commented 2017-10-07 20:06:49 -0400
I’ve sat across he table from these Sierra Club "people’. In my experience they tried to interject stupid proposals based in BS on the Alberta elk herd programs. My take-away from dealing with these zealots is that the actual health and numbers of Elk mattered less than establishing themselves as wildlife “experts” (which was far from reality) so they could hold the government for ransom to their ideologies – which were not conservationist but prohibitionist.
commented 2017-10-07 20:06:13 -0400
Wow. Does New Zealand also have leprechauns and fairies and gremlins in their rivers?

Whatever they’re smoking I’ll have some too. Potent stuff.
commented 2017-10-07 19:51:02 -0400
Incredible how such a stupid idea could get this far.
commented 2017-10-07 17:53:30 -0400
The Canadian fagboy will be happy to do the same thing.

As long as his trust fund finds a way to benefit.

As for the working class Canadian – the one who pays the bills – hopefully they will remember to get rid of that POS as soon as possible.
commented 2017-10-07 17:41:45 -0400
Trudeau will be all over this. So will Notley, Wynne and Horgan.
commented 2017-10-07 17:39:11 -0400
Why didn’t Robin Milam of the Global Alliance fight for the rights of the St. Lawrence river when Denis Coderre dumped 8 billion litres of raw sewage?

Well, we all know the reason, don’t wee.