What exactly is the pressing item at the United Nations right now which they will spend an entire day to debate? Could it be the worldwide economic slump? The natural and nuclear disasters in Japan? The ongoing crisis in the Middle East? Gaddafi killing his own people and sending teenagers as young as fifteen to the frontlines? Nope. None of those. Instead, they are going to debate what rights the planet has.
Does the planet have the same rights that we as humans do? The United Nations is putting that question up for debate on April 20th. Heading the calls to give “Mother Earth” many of the same rights as humans is the South American country of Bolivia. The United Nations treaty is for the most part, based off of Bolivia’s own laws regarding the earth’s rights.
So what rights do they want to give “Mother Earth” exactly? The right to life is one of them. Also the rights to clean air and water, as well as the right to be free from pollution. And of course those weeds in the garden have the right to be from having their cellular structure modified or altered. I for one, definitely do not want any zombie dandelions in my town, so I am quite OK with that.
The treaty would also create a Ministry of Mother Earth which will ensure that “mega-infrastructure and development projects” do not “affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.”
Obviously the law already enacted in Bolivia has had a tremendously great effect on their economy. Although rich and flowing in natural resources such as natural gas, Bolivia remains one of the poorest countries in South America. The law surely will not receive wide acceptance from the international community, especially as Bolivian President Evo Morales said the first step in saving the earth is to, quote, “eradicate capitalism.”