I want to punch Gaia in the face


Tim Blair notes today Bolivia’s new whacky climate laws giving nature equal rights to humans.

Well, they’re planning on sending them to the UN.

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.

Facepalm.

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    • April 13th, 2011

    Bolivia hey? Got coke?

    • Evo Morales, their Prez., ate a coca leaf at the UN… go figure.

      Hey, whatever, coca is part of their culture. Fine. That 70% of coca leaves is used for the good shit isn’t.

      Let Bolivia do what they want, keep their influence out of the UN, stop the foreign aid.

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