Can we protect nature by giving it legal rights?

Around the world, communities are using “Rights of Nature” laws to defend waterways, species and more from human threats

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Photos © iStockphoto.com/BrianLasenby
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The St. Louis River, which flows into the western end of Lake Superior, is a focal point for efforts to protect nature by recognizing it as having legal rights. Photos © iStockphoto.com | Jacob Boomsma
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Thanks to legislation passed in 2017, the Whanganui River in New Zealand now has the ability to defend itself from harm in court. Photo courtesy of Evan Goldenberg from Flickr, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
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With support from local citizens, Lake Erie gained legally enforceable rights in 2019. Photo courtesy of The Blade | Katie Raush
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