Addison Luck grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia, and is an Environmental Studies and History student at Yale University, Earth Law Associate at the Earth Law Center (earthlawcenter.org), and the Law and Policy Intern at Boulder Rights of Nature (BRON – boulderrightsofnature.org), discusses the globally active “rights of nature” movement. This special episode is filmed at the shore of Boulder Creek, who’s “voice” you’ll hear in the recording. We discuss the legal history, precedent, and contemporary needs and opportunities informing a more comprehensive and intelligent inclusion in legal proceedings of our Earth’s ecosystems and billions of non-human species co-habitating with us in our biosphere (and, without question, forming the fabric of the life-support systems of the biosphere upon which we all depend).
Addison references the opinion of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, as well as the work of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, the United Nation’s Harmony with Nature (harmonywithnatureun.org) and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (celdf.org/rights/rights-of-nature). In New Zealand, the Whanganui River, sacred to the indigenous Maori people, and critical to that region’s ecological stability, has been recognized with legal rights (which, incidentally, most corporations also enjoy since the late 1800s), helping to ensure a saner, more sensible stewardship and sustainability forecast for that ecological region.