And animals & fish - what the Anishinabek call 'aki'. 'Why should trees have legal rights? It’s second nature' /via @globeandmail https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-why-should-trees-have-legal-rights-its-second-nature/
Why should trees have legal rights? It’s second nature
“‘I am the Lorax! I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.’ These words spoken by a small orange creature in a Dr. Seuss children’s book point to a more fundamental question. Should trees and other voiceless elements in nature have rights? Courts, legislatures and communities increasingly say they should. An extraordinary legal revolution is unfolding around the world. Last month, in a historic ruling, Colombia’s Supreme Court declared that the Amazon is a legal person with rights − to be protected, conserved and restored − and ordered the state to reduce deforestation.” – Maria Banda, international lawyer and the Graham Fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law
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Everyone...STOP GARDENING RIGHT NOW!!
In my very humble opinion this borders on absurdity. Responsible governments around the world are entrusted to preserve the environment. We can argue ad nausem how effective they are.
But to go this far would only make the lawyers richer and the environmentalists do the happy happy dance. Now I’m going to go and have a conversation with my tree!
Stan – Your tree will tell you that its relatives in the Amazon are being laid waste to monoculture and cows and its relatives in the boreal are losing ground at the same rate – 3000 football fields of forest every day. Assigning person-hood with constitutional rights may be the only way to protect what’s left. I know its not the Western way of thinking, but then Columbia has a large portion of Indigenous people and the majority is mestizo. We talk sometimes (perhaps frivolously) of bringing Indigenous laws and ways of thinking into our Western ways. Well, this is what it looks like.
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David, some more Canadian tree talk:
An interesting and important conversation in the age of reconciliation.
I learned pretty quickly during my time with First Nations that Natural Resources Canada was an apologist for the mining and Forestry industry. One of the things they like to say, and they say it here, is that logging is like a forest fire.
No it's not. Forest fire is a natural event that rejuvenates forests in a particular way. And simply replanting trees does not make up for the specialized habitat that is lost to poor logging practices.
It's really a matter of how you look at the world.
It seems to be fashionable to scoff at David Suzuki these days, but the science is valid even if it’s reported in the Nature of Things.
What trees are talking about – an incredible community: http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes//what-trees-talk-about