Should Mother Earth be given “human rights”?

Posted by: ST on April 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

Bolivia seems to think so:

UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving “Mother Earth” the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.

The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to “dominate and exploit” — to the point that the “well-being and existence of many beings” is now threatened.

The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia’s Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.

That document speaks of the country’s natural resources as “blessings,” and grants the Earth a series of specific rights that include rights to life, water and clean air; the right to repair livelihoods affected by human activities; and the right to be free from pollution.

It also establishes a Ministry of Mother Earth, and provides the planet with an ombudsman whose job is to hear nature’s complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.

“If you want to have balance, and you think that the only (entities) who have rights are humans or companies, then how can you reach balance?” Pablo Salon, Bolivia’s ambassador to the UN, told Postmedia News. “But if you recognize that nature too has rights, and (if you provide) legal forms to protect and preserve those rights, then you can achieve balance.”

*Face palm*

I’m trying to decide which idea is more stupid: This one or the one proposed by Democrat Florida state representative Scott Randolph and endorsed by the FL ACLU that suggests a woman have her uterus “incorporated” to “keep the government out of it” … :-?

On a more serious note, Tony Katz adds:

Back in 2008, Morales handed out a pamphlet to the U.N., talking about his desire to save the planet. He referred to them as the “10 Commandments.” Top of the list to save the planet? End capitalism.

Next up: An environmental “court of justice”? Don’t be surprised.

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10 Responses to “Should Mother Earth be given “human rights”?”


  1. I wish liberals in the United States would give unborn humans as many rights as Bolivia gives the planet.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    If Gaia is going to get the same rights as humans, then will she have to pay taxes? I mean, the left brays constantly about how eeeevil man is for exploting the great wealth of the Earth – so let’s make her file a 1040!!

    I’m sure Andrew Klavan could do an even better job of mocking this bit of idiocy.

  3. Carlos says:

    The face palm is good, but this idiocy deserves an ice cream cone to the forehead…

  4. Phineas says:

    Ya beat me to it, ST. :shakes fist:

    There was another good one a few years ago, when Spanish PM Zapatero (a Socialist, natch) proposed human rights be given to apes. Yes, Simian rights. :(|)

  5. PE says:

    What about our precious bodily fluids?

  6. Kate says:

    …and how much money does the US send to support this “institution”? I think that a nice budget cut here and there is in order.

    They are convicted of idiocy by their own words…..sigh. T

    The fact that these bozos believe they can make the world a better place with these ideas is almost funny, but sad.

  7. Paul says:

    All life should be sacred but unfortunately isn’t.

  8. Carlos says:

    And just why should “all life be sacred”, Paul? The life instruction book I use doesn’t mention anything about that. Nothing at all.

    It says we should be good stewards. It says not to murder, or steal, or covet.

    But it sure doesn’t say anything about plant and animal life being sacred.

    And, personally, I think the Author of it knew a bit more about the universe and how to view it than anyone else.

  9. Kate says:

    …good points Carlos….and remember the Author of that book also placed man just below the angels and above the rest of creation. So in the line of seniority we are in control of what he has made. We should be good stewards of the enviroment/world not equals with it.

  10. Old Goat says:

    Words just fail me.

    What happens when you kill a bug? Go to trial for murder?

    Chop down a tree, you get hung?

    Just further proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.