Yenny is a lawyer who is fighting for the legal personhood status to be granted to the St. Lawrence River.
I was in Essipit - the most magical place in the world! The color of the sky at 5am and the sound of whales breathing as they approach the shore are simply... breathtaking!
I'm a lawyer. I have a PhD in Water Law and Governance.
At OIDN (the International Observatory on the Rights of Nature), we propose the recognition of legal personhood for the St. Lawrence River. We created the St. Lawrence River Alliance to make it a citizen, scientific and community initiative.
Making the economic and political players understand that the status quo is no longer an option. Even if we massively pollute the river right now, it doesn't mean that we can continue with these practices.
The recognition of legal personhood for the St. Lawrence River by the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.
The main challenge is that we need to improve our attitudes towards the river, in all sectors of society. We need to understand that the St. Lawrence is not a "resource" but a living environment - of which we are all a part.
People can sign the petition here, and ask their city council to adopt a resolution in support of the recognition of legal personhood for the St. Lawrence River.
To get a sample resolution, people can simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That its legal personhood status be officially granted, so that we can protect and promote it everywhere.