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An Indian court says glaciers and rivers are 'living entities.' Could the same approach work in the US?
by David Iaconangelo

The Christian Science Monitor    Translate This Article
7 April 2017

On 7 April 2017 The Christian Science Monitor reported: Just weeks after a high court in the Indian state of Uttarakhand granted legal personhood to the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, the same court recently extended that same standing to the Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers that feed them. The finding follows New Zealand's mid-March passage of a law recognizing the Whanganui River -- a feature that the Maori people consider an ancestor -- as a living entity. And the Indian court's effort to protect the vanishing glaciers also carries religious overtones, since both the rivers and glaciers are considered sacred sites to many Hindus. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of culture and science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

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