Nature-rights laws generally allow anyone who believes that nature’s “rights” are being violated to sue to prevent the violation and to seek redress.
Unstated, but perhaps a contributing factor, was the increasing prosperity we have enjoyed in country in recent years.
Environmentalism is growing increasingly anti-capitalist and anti-human.
Be it noted that “nature rights” is not aimed primarily at preventing pollution.
Environmentalism is growing darkly anti-human. That misanthropy has also seeped into science.