From the annals of “news you might miss in Warnemünde if you didn’t have access to high-speed Internet” comes this item:
With the cooperation of politicians and grassroots organizations, Bolivia is set to pass the Law of Mother Earth which will grant nature the same rights and protections as humans. The piece of legislation, called la Ley de Derechos de la Madre Tierra, is intended to encourage a radical shift in conservation attitudes and actions, to enforce new control measures on industry, and to reduce environmental destruction.
All for it. I also believe Nature has the right to petition the government and bear arms. I won’t be satisfied, frankly, until all of Nature enjoys the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the right to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel. And Nature’s Senators should be elected directly, everywhere.
By the by, our member Pootergeek noted today that one organic farm in Germany has killed more people (25 and counting) than multiple meltdowns of a nuclear power station in Japan and the spilling of 4.9m barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico combined (12 in total). But of course we must not judge all of Nature by the acts of one deranged package of Brussels sprouts.