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Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

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Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans | Kelsey Leonard

Water is essential to life.

Yet in the eyes of the law, it remains largely unprotected -- leaving many communities without access to safe drinking water, says legal scholar Kelsey Leonard.

In this powerful talk, she shows why granting lakes and rivers legal "personhood" -- giving them the same legal rights as humans -- is the first step to protecting our bodies of water and fundamentally transforming how we value this vital resource.

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