Rights of Nature Under Attack

Many are undecided about whether nature has rights.  The Ohio Legislature seems to have made up its mind and therefor we have no voice in the discussion. This  Cleveland Plain Dealer article describes HB 166 dealing with the budget.  An amendment has been added declaring no one can file a lawsuit in a state court on behalf of “nature or any ecosystem.” If passed, that would nullify Toledo’s Lake Erie Bill of Rights, which allows city residents to sue on behalf of the lake to, among other things, curb farmers’ agricultural runoff that helps promote toxic algal blooms.

Whatever one personally believes about the rights of nature, the voice of the people should be heard on this matter, not the dictates of a “bought-by-corporate-money-and-influence-legislature.”

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