I don't think there's much chance of getting legal recognition from our elected officials. AMT: Well my next guest is calling for a legal revolution.A complete reimagining of the relationship between humans and nature when it comes to legal rights. DAVID BOYD: Good morning Anna Maria a pleasure to share the air with you.Last week a US environmental group filed a lawsuit in Colorado. JASON FLORES-WILLIAMS: Well, it's a way of balancing the playing field actually.It's asking a judge to grant the same rights as a person to the Colorado River. If you think about it, states, especially corporations, have all sorts of legal rights and resources and they depend upon nature and finite natural resources for their interests.
AMT: But the recognition would still be as a person as it was in New Zealand though, would it not?Is that not what you're fighting for, that wording? In fact, that's one of the most exciting things is that this is an idea which has really caught fire in the last ten years or so.DAVID BOYD: Yes, as a legal person though, that's distinct from a human being. DAVID BOYD: Once you have once you have the status of a legal person, then you have enforceable rights in our system. So we've actually seen three dozen different communities in the United States pass municipal by-laws that recognize the rights of nature.So what we do in saying that an injury to an already over depleted river, and this river is already over allocated, it’s dying in certain parts, there's not enough of the river to go around, especially within the context of our current property and water law regimes. And it would be a further stretch to say that we're going to give standing to natural objects.What we say is that no, these kinds of relationships that are going to result in the death of the river and therefore the death of everything that depends upon it, and ultimately that does include human beings, they must be scrutinized and so that's how we fight that. I don't want to say it's a bad idea, but there is really not much appetite to enhance environmental protection.