<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">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. </div></div>
THIS (http://www.canada.com/news/world/document+would+give+Mother+Earth+same+rights+human s/4597840/story.html) would be comedy gold, if it wasn't true.
Perhaps some agent orange will help them.
04-13-2011, 05:02 PM
".....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.
"We're not saying, for example, you cannot eat meat because you know you are going to go against the rights of a cow," he said. "But when human activity develops at a certain scale that you (cause to) disappear a species, then you are really altering the vital cycles of nature or of Mother Earth. Of course, you need a mine to extract iron or zinc, but there are limits."
Bolivia is a country with a large indigenous population, whose traditional belief systems took on greater resonance following the election of Morales, Latin America's first indigenous president.
In a 2008 pamphlet his entourage distributed at the UN as he attended a summit there, 10 "commandments" are set out as Bolivia's plan to "save the planet" — beginning with the need "to end capitalism."
Reflecting indigenous traditional beliefs, the proposed global treaty says humans have caused "severe destruction . . . that is offensive to the many faiths, wisdom traditions and indigenous cultures for whom Mother Earth is sacred."
It also says that "Mother Earth has the right to exist, to persist and to continue the vital cycles, structures, functions and processes that sustain all human beings."
In indigenous Andean culture, the Earth deity known as Pachamama is the centre of all life, and humans are considered equal to all other entities.
The UN debate begins two days before the UN's recognition April 22 of the second International Mother Earth Day — another Morales-led initiative.
Canadian activist Maude Barlow is among global environmentalists backing the drive with a book the group will launch in New York during the UN debate: Nature Has Rights.
"It's going to have huge resonance around the world," Barlow said of the campaign. "It's going to start first with these southern countries trying to protect their land and their people from exploitation, but I think it will be grabbed onto by communities in our countries, for example, fighting the tarsands in Alberta."
Ecuador, which also has a large indigenous population, has enshrined similar aims in its Constitution — but the Bolivian law is said to be "stronger."
Ecuador is among countries that have already been supportive of the Bolivian initiative, along with Nicaragua, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda...."
04-13-2011, 05:05 PM
Maude Victoria Barlow (born May 24, 1947) is a Canadian author and activist. She is the national chairperson of The Council of Canadians, a citizens’ advocacy organization with members and chapters across Canada. She is also the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works internationally for the right to water. Maude chairs the board of Washington-based Food & Water Watch and is also an executive member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She has authored and co-authored 16 books.
2 Published works
2.1 Books: Principal author or co-author
2.2 Books: contributing author
5 External links
 AwardsMaude Barlow is the recipient of many educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from ten Canadian universities for her social justice work. She is the recipient of the 2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the "Alternative Nobel") for her global water justice work, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, and is the Citation of Lifetime Achievement winner of the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards.
 Published works Books: Principal author or co-authorParcel of Rogues: How Free Trade Is Failing Canada – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1990)
Take Back the Nation (with Bruce Campbell) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1992)
Take Back the Nation 2 (with Bruce Campbell) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1993)
Class Warfare: The Assault on Canada’s Schools (with Heather-Jane Robertson) – Key Porter Books, Toronto (1994) ISBN 1-55013-559-7.
Straight through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society (with Bruce Campbell) – Harper Collins, Toronto (1995) ISBN 0-00-638580-X.
The Big Black Book: The Essential Views of Conrad and Barbara Amiel Black (with Jim Winter) – Stoddart, Toronto (1997) ISBN 0-7737-5904-2.
MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment and the Threat to Canadian Sovereignty (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart (1997) ISBN 0-7737-5946-8.
MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment and the Threat to American Freedom (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (1998)
The Fight of My Life: Confessions of an Unrepentant Canadian – Harper Collins, Toronto (1998) ISBN 0-00-255761-4.
MAI: The Multilateral Agreement on Investment Round 2; New Global and Internal Threats to Canadian Sovereignty (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (1998)
Frederick Street: Life and Death on Canada’s Love Canal (with Elizabeth May) – Harper Collins, Toronto (2000)
Global Showdown: How the New Activists Are Fighting Global Corporate Rule (with Tony Clarke) – Stoddart, Toronto (2001) ISBN 0-7737-3264-0.
Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water (with Tony Clarke) - Stoddart, Toronto (2002) ISBN 0-7710-1086-9.
Profit Is Not the Cure: A Citizen’s Guide to Saving Medicare – McCelland & Stewart, Toronto (2002) ISBN 0-7710-1084-2.
Too Close For Comfort; Canada’s Future Within Fortress North America – McClelland & Stewart, Toronto (2005) ISBN 0-7710-1088-5.
Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water – McClelland & Stewart, Toronto (October 16, 2007) ISBN 978-0-7710-1072-9. Also available in French, Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Turkish, and Spanish.
 Books: contributing authorThe Silent Revolution: Media, Democracy, and the Free Trade Debate - University of Ottawa Press, Ottawa (1990)
Trading Freedom: How Free Trade Affect our Lives, Work, and Environment - Institute for Policy Studies, Washington (1992)
The American Review of Canadian Studies - Twentieth Anniversary Issue of The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Washington (1992)
Crossing the Line: Canada and Free Trade With Mexico- New Star Publications, Vancouver (1992)
The Charlottetown Accord, the Referendum, and the Future of Canada - University of Toronto Press, Toronto (1993)
The Trojan Horse: Alberta and the Future of Canada - Black Rose Books, Edmonton (1995)
The Case Against the Global Economy - Sierra Club Books, New York (1996)
Globalization and the Live Performing Arts, Conference Papers - Monash University, Melbourne (2001)
Alternatives to Economic Globalization, a Report of the International Forum on Globalization - Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San Francisco (2002)
Whose Water Is It? The Unquenchable Thirst of a Water-Hungry World - Edited by Bernadette McDonald and Douglas Jehl, National Geographic, Washington (2003)
Meeting the Global Challenge: Competitive Position and Strategic Response - BMA Program, Edited by Tom Wesson, York University Press, Toronto (2004)
Globalization, Human Rights & Citizenship, An Anthology From the Gannett Lecture Series - Rochester Institute of Technology, Edited by Robert Manning – trade paperback (2005)
 ReportsBlue Gold: The Global Water Crisis and the Commodification of the World’s Water Supply - International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco (June 1999)
The Free Trade Area of the Americas, The Threat to Social Programs, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice - International Forum on Globalization, San Francisco (February 2001)
The World Trade Organization and the Threat to Canada’s Social Programs - The Council of Canadians, Ottawa (September 2001)
Profit is not the Cure: A Call to Action on the Future of Health Care in Canada - The Council of Canadians, Ottawa (Winter 2002)
Making the Links, A Citizen’s Guide to the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (with Tony Clarke) - The Council of Canadians, Ottawa (Summer 2003)
The Global Fight Against Privatization of Water - Annual Report, The World Forum on Alternatives, Geneva (April 2004)
The Canada We Want, A Citizen’s Alternative to Deep Integration - The Council of Canadians, Ottawa (March 2004)
 FilmBarlow is in the feature documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars by Sam Bozzo.
Barlow is featured in two other recent documentaries about water rights issues: Irena Salina's documentary Flow: For Love of Water, and Liz Marshall's Water On The Table. Barlow also contributes to a blog associated with Water On The Table.
Barlow is the subject of a National Film Board of Canada documentary Democracy à la Maude as well as a CBC TV Life and Times biography.
 External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Maude Barlow
The Council of Canadians - Maude Barlow
Blue Planet Project
Maude Barlow Interview with Jeff Fleischer of Mother Jones
Maude Barlow on the Need for Water Justice - video report by Democracy Now!
Video: Maude Barlow: "The World Has Divided into Rich and Poor as at No Time in History"
Video: Maude Barlow: "The Continued Destruction of the Earth Can Go on Quite Happily"
Name Barlow, Maude Victoria
Short description Canadian author and activist
Date of birth May 24, 1947
Place of birth Canada
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