Category Archives: Role of the Human

The Day My Daughter Was Born, Part II: A Gestational Epic

[For Calliope] My daughter leapt into the world After nine months of uterine back flips (and back pain) Writing graffiti on the walls of her womb Head-first-diving into life like a supernova. * My daughter dove into existence on a … Continue reading

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River granted legal personhood in New Zealand

In New Zealand—or Aotearoa, as it is known to the indigenous Maori people—the Whanganui River has been awarded personhood status. By Staff, Utne Reader May/June 2013 New Zealand—Aotearoa, as it is known to the indigenous Maori people—the Whanganui River … Continue reading

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Dolphins granted legal personhood in India

From May 24, 2013 Dolphins gain unprecedented protection in India India has officially recognized dolphins as non-human persons, whose rights to life and liberty must be respected. Dolphin parks that were being built across the country will instead be … Continue reading

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Twelve Principles for Understanding the Universe and the Role of the Human in the Universe Process

by Thomas Berry 1. The universe, the solar system, and the planet Earth in themselves and in their evolutionary emergence constitute for the human community the primary revelation of that mystery whence all things came into being. 2. The universe … Continue reading

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