UK could see its first law giving rights to nature


Could our legal system evolve to grant rivers, mountains, oceans, ecosystems and species that comprise nature legal personality – just like corporations? What would our world look like if we recognised in law that nature has inherent rights just like us and that it is in our best interests to respect those rights in law?

Mumto Ito reports for Ecohustler on the  town council of Frome, responding to the pleas of local NGOs are proposing a new by-law that recognises the rights of the River Frome and surrounding ecosystem. This move is very much aligned with the recent trend for courts to recognise the inherent rights of rivers around the world.

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