We’re all familiar with the various “rights movements” of the past half century: civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, disabled rights, American Indian rights, even animal rights. So are you ready for…dirt rights? According to Canada.com, the newest rights sensation may be on the way, courtesy of the looney left regime in Bolivia:

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 last expression is telling. Morales is a disciple of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, and has taken Bolivia in the same dictatorial direction. I suspect that Bolivia’s farmers may not have been ecstatic over the passage of a law that protects insects as if they were people.

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.

“Hear nature’s complaints as voiced by activist and other groups, including the state.” Because only political ideologues and government bureaucrats are sufficiently in tune with the environment to be able to “hear nature’s complaints.”

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.

Next time an environmentalist objects to his belief system being characterized as a “new religion,” remind him about this.

All of this talk about rights and Mother Earth, combined with my previous post from Feministing, lead me inevitably to this thought: none of this really matters unless we grant that Mother Earth has the right to an abortion. After all, if men are as capable of having abortions as women, why not our Mother? Anything less is anti-dirtism of the most blatant kind.