The river that became a person

For the Maori people, the Whanganui River is a living entity with sacred powers. For decades, they watched it be polluted. But in 2017, New Zealand granted the river legal personhood. Should the natural world have the same rights as human beings?

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  1. Using personification, write a poem or letter from the point of view of a natural object on how it feels about humans.
  2. Write a charter of rights and responsibilities for a river or mountain, or natural feature.