The Rights Of Nature

When I'm out on the road in the Subaru my radio is usually tuned to CBC 88.1. Last week I listened with interest to a discussion about a new book entitled "The Rights of Nature" by UBC environmental lawyer and professor David Boyd. David's book explores the growing movement to use rights for non-human entities (animals, rivers and natural places) to protect the environment. Existing environmental law doesn't seem to be doing a very good job at protecting the planet from unbridled human population growth and exploitation. Giving Mother Earth the status of a Legal Person is certainly a transforming perspective but perhaps this is exactly what we need to do in the face of our present 6th mass extinction of species on earth. Here is the link to the CBC interview: