With all the trouble spots in the world these days – not to mention the many countries whose human rights records are considerably less than stellar – you’d think that the United Nations would have better things to do than to be worrying about “rights” for birds bees and trees. But … wait for it folks … according to the National Post Bolivia – not exactly a country that jumps to mind when considering exemplary models of, well, anything really – is about to attempt to foist on the world a mirror of its own legislation:
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.
No doubt the U.K.’s Polly Higgins will be right alongside Bolivia’s president Morales – beating the drum for her proposed ecocide resolution as well.
And I’m quite certain that this “treaty” will include severe penalties for those who’ve been peddling all the bird-killing windmills which have been bleeding taxpayers and blighting landscapes far and wide. Not.
But this should be right up the alley of the United Nations Environmental Program’s latest acronymic offspring, the IPBES.
Amazing. Simply amazing.