Here is a Press Release from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) explaining the latest developments as the State of Ohio fights to protect the rights of corporations (with personhood rights) over the rights of the real people in Toledo who attempted to protect their water source. Ohio claims to be defending its title as “proprietor in trust to the waters of Lake Erie” and must allow the corporate persons to engage in unlawful operations.
The Ohio Legislature’s recently passed budget bill (see other blogs this website) included an amendment that prohibits anyone, including local governments, from enforcing recognized legal rights for ecosystems. In their great wisdom, the “people’s” representatives proclaimed that nature has no rights. In doing that, they proclaim that “we the people” do not have the right to exist, because our very existence is tied to that of nature.