Granting “rights” to nature — including geological features — profoundly undermines the concept of “rights” itself.
These abstract concepts don’t derive from the material world, yet we feel impoverished without them; they’re foundations of a life worth living.
The world’s most prestigious science journal just published an ex-astronomer’s remarkable screed.
In other words, we, flora, fauna, and, indeed, geological features such as rivers and granite outcroppings are equal.
The “Ocean rights” approach would make the creatures of the sea co-equal with humans.