A court in India has made an unthinkable decision to recognize glaciers as “legal persons” as part of its effort to save them melting due to global warming, according to The Daily Caller.
In its ruling on Friday, the highest court in Himalayan state of Uttarakhand said glaciers, along with forests and lakes, will have equivalent to the rights of humans. It adds that any harm caused to these bodies will be treated like causing harm to human beings.
The case was actually not filed to address any specific harm to someone, but rather as a public interest litigation by an environmentalist. And the court agreed that it was necessary because glaciers as well as lakes and forests were “losing their very existence.”
Last month, the same court also gave two rivers a “living entity” status to help conserve them.
For years, environmentalists and academics have been humanizing glaciers, arguing that glacier-related academia and government positions are male dominated. A certain study claimed that melting glaciers make women and ethnic minorities more vulnerable than men.