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    UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    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."

    The application of the law appears destined to pose new challenges for companies operating in the country, which is rich in natural resources, including natural gas and lithium, but remains one of the poorest in Latin America.

    But while Salon said his country just seeks to achieve "harmony" with nature, he signalled that mining and other companies may come under greater scrutiny.

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    This is lunacy! When our civilization is studied in the future, with this I am sure that we will be seen as suicidal when taking this garbage into account.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    While I question whether the actual document is as extreme as your source makes it out to be, how would protecting the environment be suicidal?

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    Bug = Bolivian

    LOL

    Yeah, that sounds about right.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    While I question whether the actual document is as extreme as your source makes it out to be, how would protecting the environment be suicidal?
    That's easy enough. If a law *were* that extreme (bugs have the same rights as humans) you couldn't so much as drive your car a few hundred yards without committing mass murder.

    These sorts of extremist movements often seem to have more to do with a desire to end capitalism than a desire to protect the environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taylor View Post
    That's easy enough. If a law *were* that extreme (bugs have the same rights as humans) you couldn't so much as drive your car a few hundred yards without committing mass murder.

    These sorts of extremist movements often seem to have more to do with a desire to end capitalism than a desire to protect the environment.
    Which means it simply couldn't exist as law and makes doubtful any such thing would pass or be meaningful in any way.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    Crazy natives and their trying to give the earth rights! Anyways, it sounds psuedo-spiritual and will likely mean nothing. Or it's as bad as your wildest machinations of the 'radical left' can muster. That'd be even funnier.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    I think I tend to agree with them. The earth is a biosphere. It is quite alive and we are just one part of it. We forget that and there will be consequences.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    ROTFLMAO ..

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Which means it simply couldn't exist as law and makes doubtful any such thing would pass or be meaningful in any way.
    No, it doesn't mean that at all -- where you see ambiguity, a judge sees opportunity. If their system is anything like ours, the law will mean what the judge says it means.

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    Re: UN document would give 'Mother Earth' same rights as humans

    It's a violation of the freedom of religion, and the US should veto anything like this.
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