Even James Lovelock, who created Gaia Theory, now worries that environmentalism has become a religion.
Note that “peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants” is a very broad term that is not limited to human beings. Rather, it includes everything from grass, fish, and insects, to mice, snakes, and people.
If nature has rights, that means everything does, which devalues “rights” just as a wild inflation deflates the worth of currency.
Lake Erie would be able to sue whenever any enterprise engaged in activities that the most radical environmentalist in the city opposed.
Environmentalism is growing darkly anti-human. That misanthropy has also seeped into science.