Bolivia’s Morales Proposes U.N. Treaty Giving ‘Mother Earth’ Rights
Bolivia is preparing a draft United Nations treaty that would give “Mother Earth” the same rights as human beings. Bolivia has recently passed a law giving rights to insects, trees, and other “natural things.”
“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.”
The idea of such a treaty reads like a righty’s fantasy of just how extreme environmentalists tend to be. But apparently Bolivian President Evo Morales is in earnest. Morales is a socialist who claims to adhere to the values of Bolivia’s indigenous people. His view that “Mother Earth” should have rights, it is claimed, stems from certain beliefs adhered to by native peoples in the Americas of the Earth as a living organism. This belief, known as the Gaia hypothesis, is also common among certain elements of the environmental movement.
The practical effects of such a treaty, were it ever to become part of accepted international law, would be devastating to the world economy. Every act of extracting resources from the Earth would have to be approved by a government bureaucrat who would claim to channel the Earth itself, or at least her spokespeople in the environmental movement.
Killing animals for food or for any other purpose might become problematic. If a deer or a cow has the same rights as humans, killing such an animal just so that one can have steak for dinner might just be forbidden under the Morales “Mother Earth” treaty. Killing a cock roach because it conveys disease and is generally yucky might also be frowned upon.
Indeed, if plants are given the same rights as human beings, that might mean the vegetarians are just as murderous as those of us who like our meat cooked.
The U.N. has been the source of a great deal of craziness since it was first created with good intentions but perhaps bad judgment. Will the “Mother Earth” treaty be considered too crazy even for that dysfunctional body? That remains to be seen.