This article, published by World Magazine, quotes Discovery Institute Senior Fellows Wesley J. Smith and John G. West:
… West and Smith are concerned that anti-humanism will harm those who need help most: those in poor countries. If a river has a right to run freely, then nature-rights regulation could trump the ability of thousands of people to benefit from hydroelectricity the river generates. Sound implausible? In 2012, New Zealand granted legal personhood to its Whanganui River. Smith asked, how are third-world countries to develop if nature must be considered every time people make a move?
The rest of the article can be found here.