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“Inanimate objects are sometimes parties in litigation.... The ordinary corporation is a ‘person’ for purposes of the adjudicatory processes, whether it represents proprietary, spiritual, aesthetic, or charitable causes. So it should be as respects valleys, alpine meadows, rivers, lakes, estuaries, beaches, ridges, groves of trees, swampland, or even air that feels the destructive pressures of modern technology and modern life.” Douglas wanted nothing less than “make certain that the inanimate objects, which are at the very core of America’s beauty, have spokesmen before they are destroyed… Perhaps they will not win. Perhaps the bulldozers of ‘progress’ will plow under all the aesthetic wonders of this beautiful land. That is not the present question. The sole question is, who has standing to be heard?”—William O. Douglas, Dissent, Sierra Club v. Morton (1972)

 
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