Even as someone who has a great respect for nature, I still find this a bit odd!
After years and years of negotiations, a river in New Zealand has now been granted the same rights as a human being and must be treated as a living entity.
“The local Māori tribe of Whanganui in the North Island has fought for the recognition of their river – the third-largest in New Zealand – as an ancestor for 140 years. On Wednesday, hundreds of tribal representatives wept with joy when their bid to have their kin awarded legal status as a living entity was passed into law.” (theguardian.com)
I have so many useless questions about this! Like… does that mean if I drink some of that river’s water, I’m now a cannibal? If I catch a fish, am I a kidnapper? I’m so confused…
You can read more about it HERE.