Canada’s Magpie River has been legally recognized as a person.
This was decided by the municipality of Minganie.
It joins a growing number of rivers around the world which have achieved legal personhood status.
In India, the Ganges River achieved recognition as a person in 2017. New Zealand’s Whanganui River is also legally a person.
In Bangladesh, all rivers have legal personhood status. Legal guardians are appointed for river ‘people’. They serve in the role of ‘in loco parentis’ ( in place of a parent).
Guardians, if they suspect that their rivers are being polluted, or damaged in any way, can bring a lawsuit to court claiming damages for their river.
Yes, we all agree that looking after the environment is important.
When we see, however, the growing demand for rivers to have personhood rights, we once again witness the diminishing of the dignity of human beings, who have been created in God’s image.
Psalm 8:5 describes how God has created humans a little lower than the angels.
When we see the bizarre trend of recognizing rivers as people, we become more aware of paganist beliefs that are increasing in society.
How should we react to this ?
We should expect the unexpected, and we should be be aware that as humanity strays further and further from God’s absolute truth, things are going to become increasingly weird.
Through it all, we will trust, and not be afraid.
God sees. God knows. God will act, in his perfect timing.
Photo of the Magpie River is courtesy of the National Observer.