Granting “rights” to nature — including geological features — profoundly undermines the concept of “rights” itself.
In other words, we, flora, fauna, and, indeed, geological features such as rivers and granite outcroppings are equal.
A philosopher and a bioethicist want a “Jane Goodall” to come forward as “an ambassador for rats.”
It is basically the denial of human exceptionalism. That is, it is hatred of man, in practically every way imaginable.
Even James Lovelock, who created Gaia Theory, now worries that environmentalism has become a religion.