The odd thing is that you can go to jail for smoking the wrong kind of cigarette or swiping a sweater from a store – but you can get away scot-free after demolishing a forest, destroying a mountain or poisoning the water that thousands of people (and other creatures) rely on for their very lives.
Almost exactly seven years ago, I published a Sunday Herald column about an environmental-rights ordinance passed in an obscure Pennsylvania borough — a bold and pioneering step, one of the first such laws in North America. Next week, in Quito, Ecuador, I get to meet some of the people responsible for that ordinance — Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil — and also some of the people who inspired it, like Cormac Cullinan.
Imagine if the Earth had rights. Imagine if you yourself had the right to clean air and water, the right to a healthy environment.
You don’t, you know. In 177 countries around the world, people do have those rights. But Canadians don’t, and Americans don’t.
That’s right: since launching the site in 2010, we’ve published fifty interviews – and three special presentations as well, a concert and two documentaries. You haven’t heard much from us lately not because we had nothing to say, but because we’ve been too busy to say it.