Bolivia is set to pass the world's first [sic] laws granting all nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.Imagine legislating starvation. But wait, there's more. What's created in Bolivia might become compelled worldwide:
The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.
Controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities".
"It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said Vice-President Alvaro García Linera. "It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration."
Bolivia is drawing up a draft UN treaty which would give Mother Earth the same rights as humans, including the right to life, to pure water and clean air.Crazy or addled, right? Yes--but consistent with the radical environmental agenda says lawyer/blogger Wesley Smith:
The South American country wants the UN to recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to 'dominate and exploit'. . .
Bolivia's ambassador to the UN, Pablo Salon, says his country seeks to achieve harmony with nature, and hinted that mining and other companies would come under greater scrutiny.
I can think of fewer ways to subvert human exceptionalism and destroy human prosperity than to give "nature" co-equal "rights" with humans. And remember, possessing rights implies personhood. So as the story said, this is about personalizing nature and the earth.It's all part of progressives' plan to return civilization to the stone age--which doomsayers imagine as paradise lost.
(via Planet Gore)