Environmentalists sue to give river human rights

An environmental group is filing the first lawsuit of its kind on Sept. 26 in the U.S. this week, attempting to force the state of Colorado to recognize the “legal rights” of the Colorado River and the surrounding ecosystem.

Activist organization Deep Green Resistance (DGR) has signed on as the river’s “next friends” in Colorado River v. State of Colorado. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) is a legal adviser in the case, according to a CELDF press release.

“This action … comes as courts around the world are beginning to hold that nature and ecosystems possess legally enforceable rights,” CELDF’s International Center for the Rights of Nature Director Mari Margil said in a press release from Sept. 21.

“Building on ongoing lawmaking efforts, we believe that this lawsuit will be the first of many which begins to change the status of nature under our legal systems,” Margil added.

DGR is committed to stopping “industrial civilization from burning fossil fuels.” The organization wants society to revert to a “sustainable” culture without the modern form of civilization fueled by limited resources.

“Life on Earth is more important than this insane, temporary culture based on hyper-exploitation of finite resources. This culture needs to be destroyed before it consumes all life on this planet,” the group’s website says. “Humanity is not the same as civilization. Humans have developed many sane and sustainable cultures, themselves at risk from civilization.”

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  • Tim C.

    Any judge that allows this to move forward should immediately be removed from the bench.

  • Well Done

    This will be remembered as the era of the Activist Judge.
    I wonder what will become of judges who attempt to write laws from the bench.
    Can’t hold gov’t blameless, in most cases these “NGO” groups get most of their funding from gov’t.
    This funding is used to sue the gov’t, which then rolls over for the suit. The result: rulings that have no basis in law.

  • Russ Wood

    So, can a river be sued for causing loss of life through drowning? This is yet another ‘green dream’ – which you can understand by assuming that ‘leftists’ just don’t like people!