09 Sep '12, 12pm

New Zealand Grants a River the Rights of Personhood #environment #bioethics

From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth’s life-giving rivers with qualities of life itself — a fitting tribute, no doubt, to the wellsprings upon which our past (and present) civilizations so heavily rely. But while modern thought has come to regard these essential waterways more clinically over the centuries, that might all be changing once again. Meet the Whanganui. You might call it a river, but in the eyes of the law, it has the standings of a person. In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, with legal personhood “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests”. The decision follows a long court battle for the river’s personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community wi...

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care2.com 09 Sep '12, 3am

From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth’s life-giving rivers...

New Zealand Grants a River the Rights of Personhood

New Zealand Grants a River the Rights of Person...

treehugger.com 06 Sep '12, 9am

From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth's life-giving rivers...

New Zealand made history by giving the rights of a person to the Whanganui River.

New Zealand made history by giving the rights o...

ecorazzi.com 06 Sep '12, 11am

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A River in New Zealand Gets a Legal Voice

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postcarbon.org 06 Sep '12, 9am

It speaks the language of riffles and babbles, not legal rights and codes, but the Whanganui River, New Zealand’s third la...

After a 140-year battle in court, New Zealand’s Whanganui River is officially a person:

After a 140-year battle in court, New Zealand’s...

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