How Our Constitution Can Save the Environment

In the NY times article “Corporations Have Rights. Why Shouldn’t Rivers?” we learn about a recently filed lawsuit in which a judge is being asked to recognize the Colorado River as a person. This lawsuit is testing an important legal theory — giving rights to nature — similar to Ecuador’s model. In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to grant protections to nature. Through its constitution, Ecuador vests nature with the right to exist and flourish.

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Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper, Author of The Green Amendment, & leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Learn more www.mayavanrossum.green

Maya K. van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper, Author of The Green Amendment, & leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Learn more www.mayavanrossum.green