shaky ground

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

In his ar­ti­cle about the Ktu­naxa Na­tion’s bid to stop a ski re­sort from be­ing built on its ter­ri­tory (“Spirit of the Law,” April), Arno Kopecky shows that the trend to de­clare land­scapes le­gal per­sons with “rights, pow­ers, du­ties, and li­a­bil­i­ties” seems to be catch­ing on. But no one ap­pears to have con­sid­ered sit­u­a­tions where non-hu­man stresses cause ir­repara­ble dam­age. What are the rights and li­a­bil­i­ties of New Zealand’s Whanganui River and Mount Taranaki, both sa­cred to the Māori, if the for­mer floods and changes course, or the lat­ter, a now qui­es­cent vol­cano, erupts? The im­pulse to award rights to land­scapes has over­looked the chal­leng­ing is­sue of nat­u­ral change. Antony Berger Wolfville, NS

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