The Michindoh Aquifer is part of a natural ecosystem identified in the application for Sole Source status.
Natural ecosystems provide sustenance for all the living beings interacting with them. This includes plants, animals, insects, and humans.
Natural ecosystems must exist, flourish, evolve and regenerate to support the living beings dependent on them.
When natural ecosystems are threatened, they must be protected.
Existing law gives rights to commerce but no rights to natural ecosystems. Put another way, corporations have rights to plunder the living natural ecosystems. Corporations can spend their money as a form of speech; natural ecosystems have no voice.
At one time slaves had no rights under the law, women had no rights under the law. Gradually human beings saw the inequity and began the struggle for legal representation. As our natural ecosystems are being threatened, they must be given rights under the law.
Those committed to protecting rights of natural ecosystems must be authorized to represent them in courts of law.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas spoke out for rights of nature:
Contemporary public concern for protecting nature’s ecological equilibrium should lead to the conferral of standing upon environmental objects to sue for their own preservation.” He further added, “The river, for example, is the living symbol of all the life it sustains or nourishes – fish, aquatic insects, otter, fisher, deer, elk, bear, and all other animals, including man, who are dependent on it or who enjoy it for its sight, its sound, or its life. The river as plaintiff speaks for the ecological unit of life that is part of it. Those people who have a meaningful relation to that body of water – whether it be a fisherman, a canoeist, a zoologist, or a logger – must be able to speak for the values which the river represents and which are threatened with destruction …”
The Michindoh Aquifer must have the right to thrive and flourish. Our lives depend on it.