An interesting article discussing the viewpoint that nature needs to have rights and even lawyers.

It would be preposterous to imagine a river, tree or orca hiring a lawyer, if only because of their lack of opposable thumbs or access to a retainer budget.

But it’s not actually such a wild idea for one University of British Columbia law professor, just one of a growing chorus of legal experts who think it’s time for Canada to consider following in New Zealand and Bolivia’s footsteps.

“In our current legal system we regard everything that’s not human as property: wildlife, forests, water, and so on,” explained Vancouver lawyer David Boyd, associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, in a phone interview. “But that property-based system has been a huge impediment to solving the environmental problems plaguing us today.

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