A More than Human World

 

Should we look at nature as something that lives alongside us, rather than simply for us?

Recently I've had to travel along main highways in the UK which are having major upgrades. I've seen mile upon mile of diggers ploughing up the fields & trees to make way for more concrete.

It reminds me of a verse by Blake

'The Tree, which moves some to tears of joy, is in the eyes of others, only a green thing which stands in the way. As a man is, so he sees.' William Blake. 

All humans and even corporations have rights. But what about the landscape, the trees, the hills, and the lakes that are being destroyed to make even more highways, airports, hotels, retail parks, etc?

In 1972, Christopher Stone, a professor of law published an essay, 'Should Trees Have Standing?'. He argued that if corporations can have personhood, why not natural entities? 

His students laughed at him, but I can't help but think that he must be right in at least a partial sense. 

We all know of special places - a hilltop, a certain tree, a certain landscape. It's time we reframe our relationships with these places and the way we perceive them. 

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