Nonhuman Nonsense (SE) Planetary Personhood 

When considering colonization of Mars, the planet is often taken to be an empty place, a blank canvas, void of “life”. As scientists continue to search for microscopic forms of life, or even fossilized traces of it - Planetary Personhood takes the opposite approach - extending compassion and respect beyond the (constructed) life-nonlife boundary.

Planetary Personhood proposes independent personhood for the entire planet Mars. Legally, Mars would be owned by Mars - any decisions regarding Martian matters will ultimately be taken by Mars. The project also recognizes all the non-sentient nonhuman beings already there, as Martians!

Can we employ strategic anthropomorphism to redefine our relationship to matter itself?