In an attempt to re-conceptualise the relationship between nature and humans from one of hierarchy and domination to one of interrelation on equal terms, Bolivia and Ecuador have changed their constitutions granting nature the right to 'exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution'. Driven by a similar impulse, several natural resources around the world have been granted legal personhood - a status that affords them the same rights and responsibilities as natural persons and corporate entities. The Whanganui River
in New Zealand as well as the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers
are examples of such legislation. Defining particular 'parts' of nature into a corporate subject thereby granting it personhood can be a meaningful step. However, no legal right can change the reality of a fossil fuel driven global economy and the consequent exploitation of natural resources for economic growth.