Bolivia Establishes Ministry of Mother Earth

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.

  1. WI Con

     Fantastic! We’re going to stay in a cabin in the North woods/Lake Superior shore next week and it looks like the weather is not going to cooperate – I’m suing! I was hoping John Edwards would take the case but it looks as though Mr. Epstein or Mr. Yoo will have to take the case on contingency.

  2. outstripp

    I’ll support Mother Nature when she starts paying her fair share of taxes.

  3. Ajax von Kaiserpenguin

    Brussels Sprouts are a lot like cigarettes: completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it.

  4. Palaeologus

    A sampling from the comments at the end of that piece:

    Heaven…I am in Heaven, Could only dream of the future like this :) Thank you all the beautiful hearts and active voices around the Globe who contributed to this divine moment in our history.

    GREAT !!! The only way. Without sustaining mother earth and ALL its plants, animals and ressources everything gets out of balance and human race will suffer and may not survive.

    I can’t wait to have a photo of Mr. Evo hanging in my American Home! He is the 21st century inspirational leader and he shall never be forgotten along with his country’s new Law! I can only dream of such a law enacted into America but, it seems like it will never happen. However, I always listen to what My Grandmother will tell me, “never say never”.

    This is very awesome! Does that mean we can prosecute oil companies and other polluters for murder! Wouldn’t that be something!

  5. The Mugwump

     The left accuses the right of being anti-intellectual even as they revel in neo-pagan fantasies.  Gah. 

  6. tabula rasa
    Palaeologus: A sampling from the comments at the end of that piece:

    Heaven…I am in Heaven, Could only dream of the future like this :) Thank you all the beautiful hearts and active voices around the Globe who contributed to this divine moment in our history.

    GREAT !!! The only way. Without sustaining mother earth and ALL its plants, animals and ressources everything gets out of balance and human race will suffer and may not survive.

     I can’t wait to have a photo of Mr. Evo hanging in my American Home! He is the 21st century inspirational leader and he shall never be forgotten along with his country’s new Law!  I can only dream of such a law enacted into America but, it seems like it will never happen. However, I always listen to what My Grandmother will tell me, “never say never”.

    This is very awesome! Does that mean we can prosecute oil companies and other polluters for murder! Wouldn’t that be something! · Jun 11 at 8:07am

    Gaia rejoices, but these comments induce severe nausea in Tabula Rasa.

  7. Midget Faded Rattlesnake
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:

    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. ·

    Ah, but don’t you see? Those sprouts were enslaved by humans. That’s why they took their revenge.

    Now that la Madre Tierra is permitted to defend Her rights in a court of law, there will be less need for Her to resort to such insurgencies.

    No need to worry about dear ol’ Bjorn’s question, “Who will speak for the pine trees and penguins?” either. Everyone knows pine trees and penguins speak fluent Spanish.

  8. Leith

    This thinking is also used by Canadian Maude Barlow who is fighting against the pipeline from Canada to the USA. She would rather see the USA remain vulnerable to Venezuela and the Middle East as pointed out in Erza Levant’s book,  Ethical Oil: The case for Canada’s oilsands.http://ezralevant.com/2010/09/ethical-oil-the-case-for-canad.html

  9. Ajax von Kaiserpenguin
    Midget Faded Rattlesnake: Everyone knows pine trees and penguins speak fluent Spanish. 

    Me only speaky de Engrish.

  10. HANK DAGNY

    I am expecting Bolivia to name the Sun as Public Enemy #1 since it will ultimately destroy every last thing in the entire solar system when it goes supernova in a few billion years. It’s coming….oh, it’s coming.

  11. jonsouth

    This is great news. Maybe now we can deport Nature to The Hague to finally face justice at the ICC for the atrocities of March 11 in Japan. And will there be a statue of limitations? Maybe we can even prosecute Nature for the bubonic plague and for genocide over the dinosaur extinction.

  12. Mark Wilson

    I’m just wondering where to find 12 “peers” who will serve on the jury when Mother Nature stands trial for the recent earthquakes and tsunamis.

  13. Grendel
    You know, the next time I hear some one pull the old “religion has killed more people than all the wars there have ever been” thing, I am going to say, well that’s true, if you consider that environmentalism is a religion. Just off the top of my head: DDT ban—40 million from malaria CAFE—2000+ per year Gasahol mandate-no figures, but rising food prices are causing malnutrition, starvation, and riots. Abortion–40-50 million per year, which would put the total for the 40 years of environmentalism and the international abortion movement (since Earth Day and Roe v. Wade) in the billions.
  14. Grendel

    And it isn’t just deaths.  From the article about the organic farm:

    Health officials investigating the epidemic are nevertheless convinced that sprouts were the source of the outbreak.  This certainty led the government to lift its earlier warning against eating raw tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers, something that had had a devastating effect on the continent’s vegetable producers. In particular Spanish farmers suffered huge losses after health authorities in the city of Hamburg pointed the finger of blame at cucumbers imported from the southern European country. …the EU member states [expected] to approve a €210 million aid package on Tuesday. But Gerd Sonnleiter, president of the German Farmers Association, thinks that sum is insufficient.  “Damages in the whole of the EU have reached between €500 million and €600 million,” including a €65 million loss suffered by German farmers alone, Sonnleiter told Der Tagesspiegel newspaper.
  15. Grendel

    Oh, and don’t forget to cross Bolivia off your list of “nations who bid fair to become the ‘next China’”:

    “The Law of Mother Earth has as its foundation several of the tenets of indigenous belief, including that human are equal to all other entities. ”Our grandparents taught us that we belong to a big family of plants and animals. We believe that everything in the planet forms part of a big family,” Choquehuanca said. “We indigenous people can contribute to solving the energy, climate, food and financial crises with our values.” The legislation will give the government new legal powers to monitor and control industry in the country. “

    The real mistake is that these people think Reason and Free Will are unnatural.  Umm…well..unh…yeah, they are, but what’s wrong with that?

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