Movement to grant personhood to parks, rivers gaining ground

Movement to grant personhood to parks, rivers gaining ground
Deep In Te Urewera National Park, looking toward East Cape, New Zealand (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

File this under what Twitchy called “What Happens When Environmentalist Idiots Have Too Much Time on Their Hands.”  If some environmentalists have their way, land, rivers and parks would be granted personhood status with all the rights granted to, well, persons.  And, Outside Magazine reported Wednesday, the movement is actually gaining ground.

And it’s not something that’s never been done, as Devon O’Neil reports:

Two years ago, when New Zealand’s government granted legal personhood to one of its 13 national parks — Te Urewera, a lush, forested landscape teeming with trails and waterfalls on the North Island — some 821 square miles was suddenly protected not as land but as a citizen.

The law was called the Te Urewera Act, and its purpose was this: “to establish and preserve in perpetuity a legal identity and protected status for Te Urewera for its intrinsic worth, its distinctive natural and cultural values, the integrity of those values, and for its national importance.”

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